TAMPA, FL – Authorities are investigating a boating accident near Davis Islands on Saturday afternoon in which one man died. Dispatchers received a call about a capsized boat on Hillsborough Bay with six people on board at the time of the accident, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Several agencies responded to the accident after some of the victims were spotted hanging off buoys.
The man was identified as Alberto Marrero-Tamayo, 57, of Tampa. A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit recovered five people at the scene. One of the victims swam to shore and was rescued by the MacDill Air Force Base Marine Patrol. Another person was taken to a local hospital.
Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating the accident.
This story will be updated as more information is released.
HCSO assisted in today’s boating incident in Hillsborough Bay. Marine unit helped save the victims who were in the water. Dive team was there to find the sunken boat and clear the channel to ensure safe passage of commercial vessels that were scheduled to pass through the area. pic.twitter.com/qFH7hvLBe0— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) April 7, 2018
Images via the Hillsborough County Sheriff