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

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

Later in the afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office dive team began to search under the surface of the water. On the bottom of the bay they located a bag of some kind of tools that had been on the boat, but had not found any signs of Gregory by sundown, Kirkland said.

By 5:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office reported that the search effort had turned from rescue to recovery.

Daily News Staff Writer Lauren Sage Reinlie contributed to this report.

6:30 P.M. UPDATE: At this time, the search effort has turned from rescue to recovery mode.

Deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, along with first responders from Freeport Fire Department and Walton County Fire Rescue responded to the area of the Clyde B Wells Bridge after receiving a 911 call this morning around 7 a.m. 

Upon arrival, a male subject identified as Tyler Carpenter, 18, of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, was rescued from the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and released. The other occupant of the vessel, Robert Gregory, 41, of Mary Esther, FL, is still missing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrived on scene shortly thereafter and the scene was turned over to investigators from that agency. WCSO remained on scene and offered two boats and a helicopter to assist in the search.

FFR also assisted with their vessel. The FWC had 4 boats out on the water in the search for Gregory. Later in the afternoon, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team arrived to search the waters of the bay.

According to Stan Kirkland of the FWC, the two individuals launched a 12-14 ft. johnboat into the bay late last night to fish for flounder. It is unknown at what time the boat began to take on water and capsize. 

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