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Boater dies after fishing vessel capsizes in Gulf

April 18, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man died after the fishing vessel he was riding capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.

He was identified as 55-year-old Richard Green of New Port Richey.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman says the 22-foot boat was swamped by four- to six-foot waves, which swept Green and three others into the water Saturday. They had earlier tried to return to shore as conditions became choppier but their motor failed.

None of the boaters were wearing life jackets. They were found about an hour later by another fishing vessel, but Green had already died. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

Florida Fish and Wildlife continues to investigate the incident.

 
 
 

 

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