[UPDATE] Body of Missing Boater Recovered - SLIDE SHOW

By: Mike Springer; Deneige Broom Email
By: Mike Springer; Deneige Broom Email

UPDATED 11.21.2011 7:30pm by Deneige Broom

According to the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office:

The body of Jimmie Donaldson, Jr. has been recovered from Lake Talquin. It was recovered at approximately 5:30 this evening.

The Lowndes County dive team found his body near where the boat was recovered Sunday.

The boat had capsized after taking on water in what locals describe as a "very strong current."

FWC and the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office also helped with the search.
Lake Talquin, FL - November 21, 2011

Since Friday, Jimmie Donaldson Jr.'s family has been waiting at the dock of Lake Talquin.

Monday, search teams still hadn't found the 34-year-old, but his family was already accepting the fact that he could be gone for good.

"We're all going to miss him," said his father, Jimmie Donaldson.

Jimmie Donaldson saw his son just before he went missing. His son, took off with Donaldson's brother to fish in a different part of Lake Talquin.

The last glimpse Donaldson had of his son, was when he curved that bend Friday.

"The water got up and by the time they went to pick up it was too late," continued Donaldson.

The boat the 34-year-old and his uncle were in, capsized. His uncle made it out. They've been searching for Donaldson Jr. ever since.

Donaldson sighed heavily during the interview before saying, "He could swim a little bit, but I don't think he made it out."

Monday, a cadaver dog and helicopter joined the dive team in the search.

These past few days have also been hard on the fishing community which has been Donaldson's extended family for years.

Neighbors have begun to stand vigil with the family, offering food, support, whatever they may need.

Sarah Johnson fishes regularly and has seen the Donaldsons fish on Lake Talquin for years.

Her home sits along the lake where Donaldson Jr. was last seen.

"I can cry with them, I can pray with them and all of the neighbors do here," said Johnson. Hug them when they need a hug."

Monday, Donaldson Sr, hit the water again, but this time to look for the son who would normally be with him.


Lake Talquin, FL - November 20, 2011

The Florida Wildlife Commission has stated that it recovered the boat Saturday evening. However, Donaldson is still missing.

Donaldson's uncle, Claude Jackson, had been transported to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and released.

Crews are still searching for Donaldson.

Lake Talquin, FL - November 19, 2011

The search is still underway for a Quincy man whose boat capsized in Lake Talquin Friday night.

"If he wasn't working he was either fishing or hunting, pretty much that's what he was doing tonight. It was one of his favorite past times,"says fiancee Candace Sylvia.

Taking to the water was something 34-year-old Jimmie Donaldson Jr., an avid outdoors man and family man, did on a regular basis.

"He's an outgoing, fun guy to be around. Enjoys fishing. Enjoys spending time with his family," says his sister
Shynetra Jackson.

As he did most days, Donaldson and his uncle Claude Jackson went out fishing on Lake Talquin Friday evening. The Florida Wildlife Commission says the two men were pulling up their anchor, when the boat began to take on water.

"Their boat capsized and they found my uncle, but they didn't find my brother," says Jackson.

Rescue crews combed the lake for several hours, searching for Donaldson.

The FWC says, Jackson was wearing his life-jacket but Donaldson wasn't. The Leon County Dive Team, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office all assisted the FWC in the search for Donaldson, whom family and friends say was well-liked throughout the community.

"He's well known, he's well loved by his aunts and uncles and especially me," says Sylvia.
Lake Talquin, FL - November 19, 2011

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Leon County Sheriff's dive team are searching for a missing boater.

The Donaldson family says 34-year-old Jimmie Donaldson, Jr. and his uncle headed to Lake Talquin around 4 PM yesterday afternoon to go fishing. The boat carrying the two capsized. Donaldson's uncle was able to reach shore. He was taken to a hospital and released soon afterwards.

The Leon County Sheriff's dive team and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are still searching for Jimmy Donaldson, Jr. near Cooks Landing Road in Gadsden County.

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  • by rob on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    I am sorry that this happened, but explain how you live in Florida...a state that water is everywhere, and you dont know how to swim? Use this tragedy to better others..teach them how to swim...dont let his death be in vain!
  • by Brooks Family Location: Gadsden Co. on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    The Brooks family would like to thank everyone that was involved with the search for our loved one. A special thanks goes to the search and rescue team of Lowndes Co., Sheriff Prine, who offered their assistance, and the Eunice family. The equipment used to find "Worm" was purchased through donations and the Eunice family in memory of their son, James. We are eternally grateful and thank you infinitely... The Brooks Family
  • by sabrina H Location: Sebastian on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    My condolences goes out to the Donaldson family and may God be with you all in this time of pain.
  • by JR on Nov 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM
    Its wonderful to see these agencies work together for a common good. The James Eunice foundation is a great cause. Thank God they found him.
  • by GuessWho on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    Anyone know if his nickname was Doo Dah?
  • by Joey on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    It was the dive team from Lowndes County Sheriffs Department that did the Search and Recovery on Monday. Using the equipment they hot from the James Euince foundation.
  • by heart Location: tally on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    May prayers are with the Donaldson Family at this hurtful time God Bless
  • by Philisia Lee Location: Friendship on Nov 22, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    Thank you God for answering our prayers. You showed him to the search team. To the family I send my heart felt apoligies for your lost. I thank God for the years he gave him to us. One thing that sticks out in my mind, is his laugh you didn't have to know what he was laughing at if you heard it you'd find yourself laughing to. I feel sad, but Im at peace. I find comfort in knowing that I can listen for that crazy laugh of his in my heart and carry it with me wherever I may go in life.I'll hold onto that until I see my boy again. Rest in peace. J.D.
  • by Grateful Cousin Location: Tallahassee on Nov 21, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    Good Evening All! Who cares if it was FWC, GCSO, LCSO or Lowndes County Dive Team?! We, the family are just VERY grateful that our loved one has been located and we can lay him to rest as he deserved. We can now start to heal and bring closure to this tragic event. Lastly but certainly not least, on behalf of my family, we would like to send a BIG "Thank You" to every volunteer who thought it not robbery to leave their families to help ours. To the very nice lady who cooked for us daily we pray God's blessings upon you. Thanks to EVERYONE involved. We may never meet you in person but we send our love from the bottom of our hearts. R.I.P. Jimmie L. Donaldson Jr. aka "Worm"...Love You Cuzzo!!!
  • by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    Awful this young man drowned. But, on another note, Lowndes County Dive Team? Imported from South Georgia to find a person?
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      by anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 09:25 AM in reply to anonymous
      May God bless this family. It is wonderful that law enforcement can work wit hone another and the resources of one can help another. There was a terrible loss of life in a drowning in Lowndes and the family of the young vistim raised funds to help others! Clad to see their love paid forward to another family in such sad circumstances. Thank you Enuices!
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        by DeDe on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:37 AM in reply to anonymous
        This is exactly what James Eunice would have wanted done. Coming together across state lines is a good thing. My sincere condolences to the Donaldson family. I do not know you, but I feel your loss. May God comfort you and bring peace.
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