2 boaters rescued from Ocklawaha River, deputies say

Search executed hours after men reported overdue


PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – Two men were rescued from the Ocklawaha River on Monday after family members reported they were late returning from an excursion.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to the Welaka boat ramp about 9:15 p.m. after family members grew concerned that the men, who are both approximately 70 years old, had not returned.

Deputies said shortly after midnight, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer aboard an FWC boat located the men near their small boat, which had capsized in the river.

Officials said the men had been in the water for about three hours.

The men were returned to the boat ramp, where they were checked and released by rescue personnel.

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