FORT PIERCE — A 60-year-old Bradenton man died Tuesday after the boat he was on with his son overturned in the Fort Pierce Inlet as they returned from commercial fishing, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday.
Charlie Edward Roberts was pronounced dead after arriving at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce. Roberts and his son, Charles Anwhar Roberts, 35, of Winter Haven, were pulled from the water after officials from the FWC, U.S. Coast Guard and St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident.
The Robertses were returning from commercial fishing about 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to an FWC report. Charles Roberts said his father indicated they needed to head back in because of the weather.
They were entering the jetty-lined inlet from the ocean when the motor on their 21-foot boat stopped. They started to drift back out of the inlet, and as they reached the end of the jetties -- where they weren't protected from the wind and waves -- the boat, a 1980 Chris-Craft, turned sideways.
The boat began taking on water, and the men tried to jump from the boat so it wouldn't capsize on top of them. The boat overturned as they tried to put on life jackets. Both men went underwater, though Charles Anwhar Roberts caught a buoy.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Eric Reis on Tuesday said a person on the south jetty called 911. Reis said officials on an FWC boat pulled the son on board, while officials on a Coast Guard boat pulled out the father.
The elder Roberts was found floating unconscious and was pronounced dead after being taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute.
Reis said the son was talking and conscious.
The incident was not alcohol related, according to the FWC.