- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

EAST PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - Sheriff’s officials say they’ve recovered the body of a 9-year-old north Florida boy who went missing after being knocked from a boat during a fishing trip.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports that Jonathan “Tate” Ricks was found dead early Monday morning. Ricks and a 50-year-old family friend were tossed into the St. Johns River on Saturday evening when a larger boat hit their 14-foot vessel. The crash occurred near the U.S. 17 Memorial Bridge in East Palatka.

Officials said Sunday that preliminary investigations indicate the boy wasn’t wearing a personal floatation device.

The Florida Times-Union (https://bit.ly/1H78EEg ) reports the man tried unsuccessfully to help the boy but lost him in the water. The man made it to shore and was taken to a hospital.

Officials searched by air and boat.

___

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide