A good Samaritan found Stock Island fisherman Dennis Dallmeyer's boat Monday night washed up on a shallow sandbar off Miami, and federal agents were sent there Tuesday to investigate, federal officials said.


"It's on a very shallow flat, I believe, near Elliott Key that's difficult to get to," said Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) resident agent in charge Paul Shultz. "We're 100 percent positive it's his boat. We have pictures of the FL (registration) numbers and identified the vessel."


Dallmeyer, 67, is a government witness in an illegal lobster-harvesting case after taking a plea agreement with federal prosecutors last year. He was supposed to return to Stock Island by sunset Jan. 6 after leaving port for a short fishing trip.


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