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70-year-old man dies under overturned boat in Sebastian Inlet

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SEBASTIAN, Fla. - A 70-year-old man is dead after a boat he was in overturned in the Sebastian Inlet Sunday morning, according to Petty Officer Eric Woodall with the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Officials say the accident happened around 11:10 a.m. 


Four adults were in the boat at the time of the accident. 

Three adults were rescued by a good Samaritan and transported to a local hospital. Their condition is not known at this time. 

Indian River County Sheriff's Office officials recovered the man's body. 

"Dangerous situation. It's sad and tragic what happened," says Ray Chladny of Fort Pierce.

Chladny was enjoying his Sunday along the Indian River Lagoon in Sebastian. He saw an empty pontoon boat towed in from the water.

"With water, you got to be so careful. We've had some problems too with our boat. We've got towed a lot of times," said Chladny.

Fishing guide Capt. Richard Bradley says the conditions were not ideal especially at the Sebastian Inlet.

"We had 20 knot plus winds. A nice 2-3 foot chop on the water. It was very dangerous conditions," says Bradley.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office and firefighters all responded to the accident. 

The name of the victims have not been released.

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