Search Continues for Destin Boat Crash Victim

Photo credit: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are still searching for a woman missing after a boat crash claimed a man’s life off the Florida Panhandle.

Dive teams of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searched Saturday afternoon for the woman, a day after the accident that also hospitalized five others.

Agency spokeswoman Bekah Nelson said the woman’s name isn’t being released because her family hasn’t been notified.

Authorities say the boat was carrying about a dozen people when it crashed early Friday into a rocky outcropping. The 28-foot personal craft struck the East Jetty near Destin and capsized.

The U.S. Coast Guard, other agencies and good Samaritans rescued 10 people. A dive team later Friday found the body of 22-year-old Avery Hatchet of Destin.

According to affliate WECP, the other occupants confirmed on the 28’ Pursuit include; Judsen Cunnigham of Destin, Justin Echternacht of Fort Walton Beach, Roxanne Agnelle of Destin, Tara Banks of Destin, Jonathan Goodhart of Shalimar, Alexander Staniszewski of Santa Rosa Beach, Byron Weiss of Virginia Beach, Jerry Degroot of Destin, Billy Blankenship of Destin, and Dylan Asble of Mary Esther.

Cunningham, Agnelle and Ecternacht were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast; Agnelle and Ecternacht have been released. On March 18, Cunningham was transported from Sacred Heart Hospital to Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City, where he remains. Weiss was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and he has been released.

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