Escambia, Santa Rosa FWC Law Enforcement Report

June 9, 2018

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the weekly period ending May 24 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.


Officer Manning received information that an individual caught a large oversized red drum and put it in his vehicle at the Fort Pickens Pier. Officer Manning got a detailed vehicle description and contacted a ranger with the National Park Service. The ranger stopped the individual while he was trying to exit the park. Officer Manning arrived and the individual was found in possession of a 35-inch red drum. The legal slot size is from 18 to 27 inches. The individual was issued a notice to appear citation for the violation.


Officer Ramos, along with U.S. Coast Guard and a Pensacola Fire Rescue vessel, responded to a single vessel boating accident in Pensacola Bay. A family of four attempted to cross the rough bay in a small 14-foot boat when a large wave swamped the boat, sinking it. The two adults, four-year old, and nine-month old entered the extremely choppy water. Approximately 25 minutes later, a Good Samaritan saw the distressed swimmers and maneuvered his catamaran to rescue the family. He, along with guests onboard, retrieved the four persons from the water. The two children were wearing Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s), the 9-month-old was not breathing when taken out of the water. The Good Samaritan administered CPR on the infant and placed a distress call on his marine radio. A recovery vessel assisted by getting the distressed swimmers from the catamaran to a nearby dock where several EMS crews were standing by. The mother and baby were admitted to the hospital and released a few hours later.

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC. photo.


5 Responses to “Escambia, Santa Rosa FWC Law Enforcement Report”

  1. Joe mama on June 13th, 2018 9:17 am

    regardless of the conditions, 4 people in a 14 feet vessel in the bay is never a good idea.

  2. William on June 12th, 2018 10:08 pm

    >>> Maybe this news reporter should have contacted those involved before making an article.

    This is directly from the FWC Division of Law Enforcement. It’s their report that they wrote.

  3. Shirley on June 12th, 2018 9:16 am

    Unfortunately this story got turned around as it usually does with new articles. When the family went out on their boat the water was not rough it was very calm and became rough quickly when the family was trying to head back to land. Also there were 4 other people on the other boat that helped rescue the family. Maybe this news reporter should have contacted those involved before making an article.

  4. Jim on June 11th, 2018 5:49 pm

    Mike, maybe the seas weren’t rough when they began they’re attempt to cross and the winds turned during their crossing?

    The condition of the bay is prone to change conditions extremely quickly and a boater that isn’t experienced with the bay might not have been aware of that.

  5. mike on June 9th, 2018 4:37 am

    wow, just wow. a 9 month old on a 14 foot boat in rough seas. i can’t wrap my head around this one. it just boggles the mind. if the baby came out of oxygen dep okay thank Providence.

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