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Fort Pickens boating accident claims one life
FORT PICKENS -- One man is dead after an overnight boating accident near Fort Pickens.
The man and his friend went fishing yesterday afternoon.
Their boat overturned and they were forced to spend the night in the water.
20 year old Brent Wilson and 24 year old Brett Keller went fishing in a 12 foot John Boat around 4 pm yesterday.
They launched the boat from the Navy Point ramp. A little after sunset a large wave overcame the boat and flipped it.
Both men were able to retrieve life-vests put them on, then grab a hold of the boat which had re-emerged.
The men held on to the boat for several hours until around midnight Brett Keller for some reason that is unknown at this time took his life vest off and went under the water.
Brent Wilson was able to hold on to the boat and eventually drifted toward the shoreline near the fishing pier at Fort Pickens.
Once on land he began trying to look for help.
Wilson couldn't find anyone so he walked eight miles to the Tom Thumb on Fort Pickens Road to call for help.
Investigators eventually found the boat and Brent Keller washed up on the shore to the east of the fishing pier on Fort Pickens.
FWC is investigating this as a boating accident.