Missing Boater Found Safe

Date / Time : June 10, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.

Incident : Missing Boater

Location : Gandy Bridge

Missing Person : Tonya Lee Collins, W/F, 07/06/1966, 4003 South Westshore Blvd. #3410, Tampa

A Fish and Wildlife rescue boat located the missing boater 400 yards off-shore hanging on to a Manatee sign. Tonja Collins was not injured and refused medical attention. At this time, officers are interviewing her about the incident and will be transporting her back to her residence, where her husband is located.

Details :
The Tampa Police Department received a call reference a missing boater near the Gandy Blvd. bridge, on the Tampa side of the bay. The missing boater was last seen in an inflatable kayak by her husband Dean Collins. Both Coast Guard and Tampa Police Marine units searched the surrounding area, and located the boat without the occupant south of the Howard Franklin Bridge. Search units are continuing to search the bay and will update if additional information is received.

Lieutenant S. J. Lee
Tampa Police Department

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