10/31 9:30 a.m. UPDATE from Walton County Sheriff's Office
Wendy Ammons with WCSO said the Sheriff's Office has its Mobile Incident Management and Communications Unit on-scene, as well as two boats searching for the still-missing man. FWC as well has a boat out searching. The Walton County Sheriff's Office will send up a helicopter around 10 a.m., according to a lieutenant on-scene.
Again, as more information becomes available, we will let you know.
10/30 8:30 a.m. UPDATE from Walton County Sheriff's Office
Just a brief update—
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.
3:45 UPDATE: provided courtesy the Northwest Florida Daily News from reporters Angel McCurdy and Lauren Sage Reinlie.
Officials are continuing to look for the missing Mary Esther man who fell out of his boat after it overturned early Monday.
1:25 p.m. UPDATE
FWC has taken over the case. WCSO is still assisting. FWC has four boats on scene, WCSO has two boats and has used helicopter. Teams are still searching the area. One male was transported to a local hospital and released. The search continues for the other male.
Walton County Sheriff's Office was called out at 7 a.m. to rescue two individuals who had capsized a small boat east of Clyde B. Wells Bridge.
Wendy Ammons with WCSO said two individuals on the jon boat capsized early in the morning, though she wasn't sure what time the accident happened nor the cause.
"The call came in around 7 o'clock," she said, referring to the call report.
One man has already been recovered and taken in for treatment.
Ammons was unable to give any information about the condition of the first man, saying he was taken in for treatment as "just a precaution to make sure he is OK."
Fish and Wildlife, the Sheriff's Office, and Freeport Fire Department are on-scene to recover the second individual.
As more information becomes available, we will update the story.