Around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, a boat partially submerged in Lake Talquin was spotted. It was then the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission began a full-scale effort to find the boat’s occupants.
Searchers say about six hours later the boaters were found safe at their home. Officials say the boaters got caught on a sandbar and swam to shore. One key mistake, they didn't tell anyone.
Lt. Smith says conditions were dangerous for the divers who encountered alligators.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officer Charles Higman says it’s against the law to not make a call after a boat accident.
Higman says Sunday's search cost several thousands of dollars. The boat's owner was issued a citation for not transferring the boat title, which is why it took investigators so long to locate the owner.
Tips for safe boating
Boats and alcohol don't mix
Source: http://www.boatwashington.org/boatingtips.htm (United Safe Boating Institute Web site)
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