Search continues for 2 boaters off Horseshoe Beach

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2 others rescued on Sunday

The search continues for the two men missing since Saturday, June 15, off Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

The men were reported missing at approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday. FWC and U.S. Coast Guard vessels began looking for the boat, which had been reported as overdue.

Thomas E. Morrison, 63, of Jacksonville, and Glen S. Harris, 73 of Keystone Heights, are still missing after their boat overturned in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, approximately 14 miles offshore of Horseshoe Beach.

Coast Guard crews searched approximately 13 hours and covered 2,537 square miles before it was confirmed by the FWC that the two rescued boaters — Frank Dipaula, 78, and Tom Grant, 67, both of Keystone Heights — that Morrison and Harris succumbed to hypothermia and disappeared below the surface Saturday.

The four went out Saturday morning to go offshore fishing in a 1978, 21-foot Wellcraft center console open sport fisher.

The overturned boat was found approximately 14 miles offshore at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday by a Coast Guard search plane. DiPaula and Grant were with the vessel and an FWC vessel rescued the two men.

FWC officers continued the search for Morrison and Harris until sundown on Sunday.

“We are continuing throughout the day to search for the two missing men,” Capt. John Burton, acting regional commander for the FWC, said on Monday.

The overturned vessel was recovered and towed back to the Horseshoe Beach marina by Sea Tow.

“Our hearts go out to the families of the missing men,” Burton said.

The FWC is continuing the investigation into the accident.