This report has been updated from an earlier version to include information from the FWC.
The body of Johnny Mike Ludlam, was recovered from the Chipola River Sunday evening following more than 24 hours of search and rescue efforts.
An investigation led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was launched Saturday afternoon after Ludlam, who was from Gulf County, fell from his fishing boat and did not resurface.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. “
Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison, who participated in search and rescue efforts, estimated that there about 75 people aiding in the search efforts, between law enforcement, search and rescure personnel and volunteers.
“I’m thankful that the family can get some closure now,” Harrison said.
The drowning occured about three to four miles (by boat) from Lister’s Landing, near Dalkeith. Search and rescue efforts were greatly slowed by the area’s low visibility.
“It’s just very, very murky water, and there’s almost zero visibility,” Harrison said on Saturday afternoon, before the body was recovered. “But we’re using all of our normal techniques to try to recover him.”
According to Gulf County Emergency Management Director Matt Herring, search and resuce teams were able to locate what they thought to be the man’s body at about 1 p.m. Sunday.
From that point, crews worked to recover him.
This report will be updated as more information becomes available.