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FWC investigating deadly boating accident

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are investigating a deadly boating accident that occurred Sunday morning in the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County.

The victim, Richard Cozzi, 65, of Indiantown, died en route to shore, despite a rescue attempt by the crew of a nearby charter vessel. He had been thrown from a 20-foot fishing vessel after it took on a wave and capsized in rough surf. The captain of the vessel involved in the accident, James Mason, 50, of Indiantown, also was thrown overboard, but survived.

The men were not wearing life jackets.

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The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is the official state reptile of Florida.

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