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PENSACOLA, Fla. - The body of a missing 4-year-old boy was found in Pensacola Bay Monday afternoon.
Lt. Doug Berryman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said 4-year-old Logan Fontana's body was found around 3:30 p.m. by Carl Osley, a fisherman, on his way home.
Osley says he slowed down when he reached the search area. He spotted the boy's body in the waters south of the Pensacola Coast Guard station.
"We were doing about 200 RPMs, which is about 8-knots," he said. "And I said, 'oh my god, there's blue shorts.' And sure enough it was him."
"We scooped him up with a cobia net, and I hate to say it like that, God I hate to say it like that, but when we scooped him up, they weren't even a quarter of a mile of us and told them on the radio we found the kid, every boat out there came to us."
Fontana has been missing since 4 p.m. Saturday.
Berryman said the boy was out on a boat with his grandfather when he fell overboard. He fell in the waters between NAS Pensacola and Fort Pickens.
According to Berryman, Logan's grandfather, George Maye, took off the boy's life jacket so that he could rinse sand off. Berry man said Maye gave the life jacket back to the boy and started the boat. The boat jerked and when Maye went to check on the boy, he was gone and the life vest was still on board.
Berryman said several people have called the agency asking to help.
Bill Fite of Gulf Breeze was one of those people. He said he's spent more than 20 hours this weekend taking his boat out into the bay to look for the missing boy.
He says Fontana's picture reminded him of his 10-year-old son.
"I hope it puts closure to the family," Fite said when he heard authorities found the child's body. "I can't imagine how heartbreaking it is for him. I know it would for me."
"I feel the same," Osley said. "I really feel for the grandfather and hope he find some closure in his life."