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Jacksonville man dies in boating accident off Little Talbot Island State Park

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

A Jacksonville resident died Tuesday afternoon in a boating accident off Little Talbot Island State Park.

Charles W. Catanese (DOB 06/12/42) was pulled from the surf at 1:55 p.m., according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators.

Catanese and Dexton Manor (DOB 10/02/64), from Atlantic Beach, were fishing just outside the surf off the state park when a large wave overturned their vessel, according to officials.

Both men were ejected into the water. Manor was able to grab a life vest from the water and swim to shore. Catanese was pulled from the surf and pronounced dead at the scene.

The boat was a 2008 18-foot Duracraft center console.

The FWC is continuing the investigation.

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