Missing boater found dead after search on Myakka River, FWC says

An adult male reported missing Thursday morning after a boating accident on the Myakka River has been found dead, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The man, later identified as 54-year-old Sheldon S. Young, of Port Charlotte, and two teenagers were aboard a vessel when it started to take on water.

The sheriff’s office received a call at 10:24 a.m. Thursday after a boater saw the teens in the water and called 911.

The teens, ages 13 and 15, were rescued from Sarasota County waters by a Good Samaritan, but the man remained missing for hours.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and FWC worked jointly throughout the day to attempt to locate the missing boater. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and FWC deployed dive teams, and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office also deployed its air unit.

Young was found, deceased, around 5:30 p.m., according to FWC.

“The FWC sends its sincerest condolences to the families of those involved in this incident,” the agency said in a statement.

The teenagers were evaluated by Sarasota County EMS crews and released.

An investigation into the boating accident continues.