TAMPA, Fla. – Authorities have found the bodies of two missing boaters in Tampa Bay a day after fielding a distress call about a boat on fire.
Authorities say one of the bodies retrieved Sunday is that of 56-year-old Alton Earl Jones. A female victim has yet to be identified. Coast Guard officials say there may have been a third boater.
The search for the boaters began Saturday at 8:30 p.m. when the Coast Guard received a call from a Spanish-speaking person reporting the blaze. About half an hour later, officials came across a fire-damaged, unoccupied boat near MacDill Air Force Base.
The two victims were found Sunday around 11 a.m. The woman was wearing a life jacket; Jones' life jacket was partly on. Autopsies are planned.