2 boaters die after vessel capsizes near Jupiter Inlet

JUPITER, Fla. - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said two boaters died after their vessel overturned Wednesday morning near the Jupiter Inlet.

According to a FWC report, the vessel capsized just outside of the inlet at 7 a.m.

The vessel was occupied by the boat’s owner Thomas Pulliam, 68, and another occupant Charles Schaffer, 73, both of Okeechobee, Fla.

The vessel was traveling eastbound out of the inlet when it encountered several large waves, causing it to flip over and eject the men.

A joint effort between Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Tequesta Fire Rescue and the sheriff's office found the boaters and brought them back to shore.

Pulliam and Schaffer were rushed to Jupiter Medical Center in critical condition.  FWC said both Schaffer and Pulliam died later Wednesday morning. 

The vessel was taken into evidence and is being stored at a FWC compound in Jupiter.

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