Monday, April 11, 2005
One body was recovered Friday and a second Georgia fishermen remained missing after their boat capsized a day earlier in high seas about three miles off this Florida Panhandle city. The crew of a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the body of Julian Lee Jr., 50, of Fayetteville, Ga., eight miles south-southeast of Destin, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Capt. Brad Williams in a news release. Still missing was Dennis Herring, 46, of Riverdale, Ga. Their 27-foot fishing boat, My Girl Too, transmitted a distress signal at 4:22 p.m. Thursday after departing from Destin. The capsized vessel was located just over an hour later. Seas in the Gulf of Mexico were running 6 to 8 feet Thursday but had calmed to 3 to 4 feet Friday under sunny skies. An Air Force AC-130 gunship from nearby Hurlburt Field helped with the search Thursday night. The Coast Guard dispatched a rescue boat from Destin, the 87-foot Cutter Coho from Panama City, a helicopter from New Orleans and a jet from Mobile, Ala. An Okaloosa County sheriff's dive team searched the partly submerged boat but found neither man. A Conservation Commission boat was attempting to recover the drifting vessel and secure it near shore.
My Girl Too