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Published: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 12:22 a.m.

STATE: Man, teen killed in Jacksonville shooting

  • JACKSONVILLE - A shooting inside a house early Sunday killed a man and a 13-year-old boy and injured a woman, deputies said. The shooter remained at large.

    Garrick L. Stringfield, 32, of Jacksonville, and Phillip J. Sims, 13, of Atlantic Beach, were discovered dead in the house by deputies.

    The woman, who was unidentified, was taken to Shands at Jacksonville. Deputies arrived at the house and heard the woman yelling for help. She told police that she had been shot, an incident report said. Deputies did not know the relationship between the three victims.

    STATE: Boater killed when 20-foot vessel sinks

  • MIAMI - A 65-year-old boater was killed and two others survived when their 20-foot pleasure boat sank in Biscayne Bay, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday.

    The men were anchored Saturday night when their boat started sinking and they abandoned the vessel, according to a news release. People on another boat notified the Coast Guard of the sinking.

    Alberto de la Torrez managed to safely swim to a nearby island and Lester Vasquez was rescued from the water by a Coast Guard auxiliary vessel.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission located the body of the dead man, Earl White Sr., at about 1 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

    STATE: Life raft found with no sign of missing boaters

  • PENSACOLA - The Coast Guard recovered a life raft Saturday from a missing fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico, but found no sign of the two boaters who departed from the Florida Panhandle and have been missing for days.

    Capt. Don Jones and a crew member, identified by friends as Pensacola resident Ida Fitzgerald, last made contact with the Coast Guard on Monday when their 37-foot fishing boat, the Sara B, was caught in a storm about 40 miles south of Orange Beach, Ala.

    The 18-foot seas set off the boat's emergency-locator beacon, but Jones told the Coast Guard that his vessel and crew were not in distress.

    When the beacon had not turned off by Tuesday evening, a jet crew searched and found the signaler adrift in the water. The Coast Guard launched a rescue effort for the Sara B.

    STATE: Retired lawyer rescued after nights on lake

  • CLEWISTON - A retired Fort Lauderdale attorney was rescued by state wildlife officers after spending two cold nights stranded on a windy and choppy Lake Okeechobee.

    Jack Marcus was collapsed on the bottom of his 17-foot bass boat, hidden by grass and rocks about 40 yards from navigable water, when he was discovered by a helicopter crew looking for him Saturday.

    Marcus, 67, suffered hypothermia during his two nights on the water, but otherwise appeared to be doing well. He was conscious, alert and talking with hospital staff at the Hendry Regional Medical Center, said John Reed, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    Clewiston's overnight low was 47 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

    The U.S. Coast Guard and sheriff's marine units from Hendry and Palm Beach counties assisted in the search, Reed said.

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