Body of missing Florida Panhandle man found in bay

MARY ESTHER, Fla. — Authorities say the body of a missing boater has been recovered in the Choctawhatchee Bay in Florida's Panhandle.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports a boater called 911 Sunday after spotting a body in the middle of the bay. Officials say it was 41-year-old Robert Shawn Gregory who had been missing since Monday.

Officials say Gregory and his 18-year-old nephew Tyler Carpenter went gigging for flounder early in the morning of Oct. 29. Their boat started taking on water and flipped, spilling both men into the bay.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland says they found one life jacket which was given to Carpenter, who swam to safety. A passing motorist spotted him in the water.

The wildlife agency is investigating.

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