The Search Continues for Missing Tallahassee Fisherman

By: Laura Kadechka
By: Laura Kadechka

The search for a missing Tallahassee fisherman on the St. Marks River is turning up no results.

Helicopter and rescue boats scoured the St. Marks River in search of any sign of 77-year-old Carl Neimes. The Tallahassee fisherman went missing Wednesday afternoon.

MAJ Dan Wise with the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says, "We were hoping that with the low tide this morning and the helicopter up, it would give us an advantage. The winds picked up a little bit more difficult. So far, no results."

Passing boaters found Neimes' empty boat circling in the river just around the turn from the old fort. Keith Ward saw him just before he disappeared.

Keith says, "He was fishing right down there off that fork of the river, and we seen him go down that river. We didn't see him anymore."

It's still not known how Niemes fell overboard, but Fish and Wildlife Commission search crews say they did find his life vest in the boat, and a broken chair.

Tully Sparkman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says, “You've got to wear that life jacket because as good as you think you can swim, it's not going to make a difference when you get in that cold water with a big jacket and boots on. A life jacket will save your life."

Search teams with Florida Fish and Wildlife, Wakulla County Sheriff's Office and the Coast Guard say they'll continue the search sunrise to sunset until they find Carl Neimes. Neimes' son was also out with search teams Thursday.

Carl Neimes lives in Tallahassee with his wife.


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