National Fisherman


MARTIN COUNTY — A Belle Glade man is dead and three men were rescued unharmed after their commercial fishing boat returning from sea capsized in St. Lucie Inlet early Saturday afternoon.

Seas were 10 feet with high wind and rain when the 23-foot boat capsized, said Investigator Kyle Patterson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A lone commercial fisherman from Stuart piloting his boat through the inlet behind the capsized boat rescued the three survivors. The fourth man, 60, was found floating dead in the water, Patterson said.

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