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Boater rescued near Skyway Bridge

MANATEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating a boating accident that occurred in Tampa Bay near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Monday morning.

A boater was rescued from the water after his boat sank, and he was arrested after officials learned he was wanted on a charge he violated his probation for a previous battery conviction.

About 8:45 a.m., Roger V. Deal, 49, was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard when his 1965 18-foot Sears runabout sank.

After being checked out, Deal was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail. He was being held on $204 bond.

The arrest warrant was out of Putnam County.

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