Student missing after boat capsized: Florida officials

Authorities are still looking for a Florida student after a boat capsized during a rowing practice on September 16.

Authorities are still looking for a Florida student after a boat capsized during a rowing practice on September 16.

Screenshot from North Orlando Rowing Facebook post.

Update: The Orlando Fire Department said two sonar-equipped boats were supporting the search. They sent out a revised press release stating that only one boat was equipped with sonar and two other boats were on hand to help with the search.

The original story is below.

A student is missing after a boat capsized during a rowing practice Thursday, September 15, Florida officials say.

Members of the North Orlando Rowing Club team were practicing on Fairview Lake around 5:50 p.m. Thursday when a lightning strike caused a boat to capsize, according to a news release from the Orlando Fire Department. Orlando.

There were five school-aged students in the boat, a fire department spokesperson told Fox 35. After the boat capsized, three students were assessed at the scene and released, one was transported to AdventHealth for Children and one is still missing.

North Orlando Rowing says it is still working to determine the specifics of the situation.

“The rowers, their families and the coaches at North Orlando Rowing are devastated. We are working on it like we always do, as a team,” the team wrote in a September 16 Facebook post.

The department called the incident a “heartbreaking situation” and said it worked through the night and will continue to investigate. Orange County Fire Rescue, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with search efforts. The Orlando Police Department also remains on site.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit arrived at 5:30 a.m. Friday with three boats — a pontoon boat with sonar and two others to support the search, the statement said.

This is a developing story.

This story was originally published September 16, 2022 1:04 p.m.

Moira Ritter covers real-time news for McClatchy. She graduated from Georgetown University where she studied government, journalism and German. Previously, she reported for CNN Business.

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