Man drowns near Crab Island, reportedly swept away from rental pontoon boat while trying to fix it

On Sunday, May 30, 2022, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Coast Guard in the search for a missing individual near Crab Island.

According to the report, the man reportedly got swept away from a rental pontoon boat on Sunday during strong currents at Crab Island.

“He and friends were having boat issues and several of them jumped in the water to try to fix it when the current pushed him away – and under the water,” wrote the OCSO.

  • The other four individuals in the water were rescued by an OCSO vessel, an FWC vessel, and the USCG.

FWC threw a marker buoy over to mark the spot of the last known possible location of the missing person.

The search continued on Monday morning that resulted in victim’s body being recovered.

“Our sincere sympathies to the young man’s friends and family,” wrote the OCSO.

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