Responders rescue one, search for second after boat capsizes in Bay (UPDATE)

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM.

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While in the water, the two men could only locate one life jacket. Kirkland said Carpenter was given the life jacket, which enabled him to swim closer to shore.

Carpenter was spotted around 7 a.m. yelling for help near the pilings by a motorist going over the Clyde B. Wells Bridge. He was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and later released.

Rescuers searched for Gregory until shortly before 6 p.m. They will continue the search Tuesday morning, Kirkland said.

The boat was found partially submerged on the northeast side of the bridge and had drifted some distance from where it actually rolled over.

Kirkland said investigators found nothing significant in the boat to indicate what may have happened to Gregory.

In addition to the FWC, the Freeport Fire Department and Walton County Sheriff’s Office had boats in the water looking for Gregory. The Sheriff’s Office also used their helicopter to try to locate him.

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