Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

1 Dead, 1 Lost as Boat Breaks Up off St. Augustine

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

1 Dead, 1 Lost as Boat Breaks Up off St. Augustine

Article excerpt

ST. AUGUSTINE -- Rescue helicopters found one body and searched

in vain for a second crew member of a shrimp boat that broke

apart outside the St. Augustine Inlet early yesterday.

No identities have been released on the two men, believed to be

from Charleston, S.C., who were aboard the Lady Sarah II when it

was battered apart 1,700 yards south of the inlet and about

1,600 yards from shore.

The Sarah was being towed to the inlet by another shrimp boat,

the Dorothy E of Darien, Ga., when the Sarah hung up on a

sandbar and broke apart in seas between 5 and 7 feet.

The two men in the Sarah radioed that they couldn't remain on

board and jumped into the water about 4:45 a.m., Florida Marine

Patrol Lt. Ron Tedder said.

One of the men was found in the water about 7:30 a.m. but was

pronounced dead after being brought to shore at Anastasia State

Recreation Area in St. Augustine. An autopsy is scheduled today.

The Sarah first ran into trouble Wednesday night and radioed

the U.S. Coast Guard at 10:36 p.m. that it was taking on water.

A Coast Guard boat from Jacksonville and helicopter from

Savannah responded to the scene, but left after providing aid

and a pump and determining the problem was resolved.

Reached in Darien last night, Capt. Clifton Boone, 28, of the

Dorothy E said he and his four crew members were near their

berth in St. Augustine when they heard the distress call. Boone

said he went back out to the inlet to help, though he knew low

tide was coming, making the inlet dangerous.

"At that time, when I came out, the channel wasn't that bad,"

he said.

Boone said he reached the Sarah 3 or 4 miles south of the

inlet, where the Sarah had anchored. The Coast Guard was on

scene.

Boone said he was going to pull the Sarah away from the beach

so it wouldn't be pounded ashore.

"He wanted to get farther offshore," he said.

That wasn't a problem. Petty Officer Tony Wells of the Coast

Guard said the mistake was made when the two men on the Sarah

decided later to have the Dorothy E tow them to St. …

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