Fears for Charlie Jackson and Jason Cobb after being 'ejected' from their boat during bachelor party in alligator-infested lake
Search and rescue teams in Florida are hunting for two bachelor party revelers feared dead after they were 'ejected' off a boat into alligator-infested waters.
Charlie Jackson, 26, and Jason Cobb, 30, both of Osteen, disappeared in the early hours of Saturday after going fishing in a 15ft boat on a lake best known for the giant beasts.
Seminole County deputies and state wildlife officers searched last night using a sheriff's helicopter, equipped with heat-sensing technology, to circle Lake Jesup after dark.
Jason Cobb (left) and Charlie Jackson of Volusia County are missing after launching a fishing boat on Lake Jesup. Friends and family have appealed for help to find them on Facebook
But so far they have found no trace of the pair. Searchers did find old shoes and white sneakers but could not confirm whether the items belonged to either man.
Lieutenant Jeff Hudson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Orlando Sentinel: 'It's come up negative.'
Mr Jackson's father Bill, 55, admitted: 'It doesn't look real good for them. I'm just facing reality.'
Authorities planned to resume the search of the lake this morning with the helicopter and boats and ATVs along the marshy shores.
Lt Hudson said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Seminole deputies also may enlist the help of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Family members said the two missing men had attended a bachelor party before heading out on the lake after midnight on Saturday.
The group launched Mr Jackson's 15ft Bass Tracker boat from the marina at Black Hammock Adventures in Seminole County about 1am, said Joy Hill, an FWC spokeswoman.
Friends and family of two missing boaters look on as Lt Jeff Hudson gives an update on the search for them at the Black Hammock Fish Camp and Restaurant in Oviedo, Florida
The boat was found Saturday afternoon undamaged and with the keys in the ignition in cattails less than a mile north of the fish camp, near Bird Island.
Two life jackets, two paddles, eight unopened beer cans and one partly empty can of beer were on the boat, Ms Hill said. 'It appears they may have been ejected from the vessel,' Hill said in a statement.
Lt Hudson said Sunday's search concentrated on the wooded northwest shoreline near where a family friend found the fishing boat in a 'weeded area'
He also said the family was briefed about the search efforts, which could transition into a recovery mission.
Lt Hudson confirmed that Mr Cobb and Mr Jackson attended a gathering at the Black Hammock fishing camp prior to setting off on the water.
The camp is a popular tourist attraction and private boat ramp for locals in a rural section of Seminole County. It includes a full bar, restaurant, wildlife exhibit and offers air boat tours.
Lt Hudson would not say if the two men had been drinking.
The sheriff said: The men left from Black Hammock (Adventures) Fish Camp about 1am on Saturday, headed to Lemon Bluff in Osteen but didn't make it
Lt Hudson said: 'We've done the water search, and right now we're focusing our efforts on the shore, where the vessel was found.'
Family members said the gathering was a bachelor party. The weather that night was wet and stormy with temperatures in the mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Temperatures tumbled overnight.
About 1am, the men headed home toward Lemon Bluff boat ramp in Volusia County near Osteen, where Mr Cobb lives.
The boat was turned over to family Saturday once investigators determined it held no evidentiary value for the search.
Asked about the threat of alligators, Hudson said it is unlikely the reptiles were out because cold temperatures sends them into underwater caves to stay warm. He said they go into a hibernation-like state and don't eat or hunt as much during the winter.
Officials were more concerned about the cold weather. Hudson said if the men are still out there they may have succumbed to the effects of hypothermia as overnight temperatures the last two nights dropped to the low 40s and near freezing with wind-chill factors.
'We deal with possibilities and probabilities. It's possible they're still alive, yes,' Lt Hudson told the Orlando Sentinel. 'Is it probable? I don't know.'
Family members did not want to talk about either of the men and said they simply wanted to continue the search.
'We really don't have much to say. We are tired and just want some peace', one family member said.
- More proof Americans have no idea about technology
- Entire family charged with shoplifting, selling goods online for millions
- Full House star Candice Cameron Bure slams Christian haters
- Man has sex with pit bull* in his back garden (*not the rapper)
- Contestant on South Korea dating show commits suicide
- British teen who had sex with girlfriend’s dog avoids jail
- Lupita’s moving speech: ‘I wanted light skin’
- Manual from 1530s suggests ‘rocket cat attacks’ against enemies
- Homer Simpson tries and fails to get in Oscars selfie
- Religious South African sect eats grass ‘to be close to God’
- Boxer vows to fight on – after 51st defeat in row
- Hillary Clinton has a 'hate' list for betrayers
- Facebook wants to use drones to give people internet
- ‘I’ve been beating myself up all day’: John Travolta breaks silence over ‘Adele Dazeem’ gaffe
- RT anchor who spoke out against Ukraine invasion 'refuses to go to Crimea'
- Two men found guilty of selling trade secrets to China
- Leaked pictures show Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri
- Principal Kelvin Griffin resigns after allegations of affair with teacher, drugs on campus
- 'Scorned wife' takes out brilliant classified ad
- Hide your husbands: Wife exposes affair all over mistresses’ Walmart store
- Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida
- Apple launches CarPlay that lets you look-up maps, make calls and send messages while you drive
- Oscar Pistorius ‘breaks down’, blocks ears
- Microsoft to turn lounge rooms into 3D browsers
- Chris and Liam Hemsworth spoof ‘Charlie bit my finger’ with help from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks
- Drunk tractor driver decapitates three people in head-on crash
- Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to ‘cut the bull****’ in trailer for new reality show Lindsay
- Scientists invent a contagious Wi-Fi virus
- ‘Black Hitler Sherman Gamble tortured nanny for three days in New York’
- Egyptian Islamic body says Russell Crowe’s ‘Noah’ should be banned
- Prison intern Kayla Danielle Davis charged with sexual assault
- Beyonce's Instagram faux pas - Tasmania is not a country
- Officer Alec Eugene Taylor charged with killing girlfriend's puppy
- President Barack Obama trims National Security Agency's phone monitoring powers
- Detroit man James Brown convicted of killing 4 women from escort site
- ‘Serial masturbator’ Chris Pagano dubbed the ‘Swiss cheese pervert’ faces new charges
- Indictment in the case of missing Tenn. nursing student Holly Bobo
- Dating 101: Four Ways To Tell If You Are Smothering Your Boyfriend?
- Missing pregnant criminology major Loretta Saunders found murdered on Canadian highway
- Massachusetts court rules taking “upskirting” pictures of women legal
- British teacher suspended after ‘taping ten-year-old students mouths shut’ for giggling
- Kim Kardashian’s application to attend Vanity Fair Oscars party completely ignored
- Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper arrested in Los Angeles on rape warrant
- Google exec makes creepiest prediction yet
- Texas senator Dan Patrick unintentionally endorses gay marriage in Twitter fail
- Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shuts after theft
- Kayla Michelle Finley jailed for failing to return rented copy of Monster-In-Law
- Missing mother Nadia Malik, 22, found dead in a car that had eight parking tickets
- Couple Sidney and Tammy Moorer Charged With Murder, Kidnapping Of Heather Elvis
- lagos nigeria 23401 ( Nigerian Dating Scam ) 380
- Pastor Samuel Chapman jailed on child sex charges 79
- Asst. Principal’s Son Chandler Brookins Accused Of Rape In School Bathroom 70
- McDonald's Manager Tiffany Allen Accused Of Punching Customer 68
- Mother Of 5 Wazineh Suleiman Missing After Going To Rent Movie 31
- Teacher Ashley Payne fired for posting picture of herself holding beer on Facebook 29
- 15-Year-Old Held In Girlfriend Angel Freeman's Killing; Gun Found In Creek 26
- New Mexico pastor Gregory Griego, woman, two girls and a boy shot dead during Saturday night shooting spree 25
- 'Wrap your legs around my head': Married Fox weatherman Geoff Fox fired after 'inappropriate' sexting chats with female photographer 22
- Teen Alex Dahm charged with drug possession 21
- Marietta Teen James Glover to be Tried as Adult in beating of a 94-year-old man 20
- Syfy's new show 'Defiance' sucks 20
- Dekalb County Teen Marquis Overstreet Found Shot, Killed, Stabbed 30 Times 19
- Joyriding teens Dustin Surrett, Tessa Upton nabbed in stolen Jaguar 19
- 17-year-old Quavante Combs drowns in Lake Lanier 18
- Husband James Felio Killed By Police After Fight With Wife 17
- James Taylor Named By Colleagues As Pilot From Cockpit Rant 17
- Babysitter Loni Bouchard 'had sex with boy, 14, she was hired to look after' 16
- Suspect In Double Homicide Michael Ntiamoah Is Federal Officer 15
- Police: Woman talking on cell caused crash killing 2 15
- Teacher Shannon Schmieder Sentenced to 40 Years for Affair with 14 Year Old 15
- Police: Ex-Substitute Rene Frank Pregnant With Student’s Twins 14
- Colin Kaepernick: Biological mother Heidi Russo wants relationship with quarterback son she gave up 14
- Teens Sarah Riffe, Michael Perry killed by Jeep in east Georgia town 13
- Gwinnett, Forsyth teens Brandon Hodges, Christian Walker, killed in wreck 13
- Tennessee woman Neena Costanza charged in death of her baby girl by her boyfriend 13
- Teen Demarquis Elkins Arrested in Georgia Baby Shooting Death 13
- Emma Watson suffers wardrobe malfunction night out 12
- Fleeing Driver Adam Sides Hits Officer Head-On During Chase 12
- Smyrna Police Officer Curtis Clyde Cook Fired After Drug Bust 12
- 16-Year-Old Son Charged In Crash That Killed His Mother 12
- 3 Pedestrians Hit, 2 Dead near Interstate 675 in Stockbridge 12
- Atlanta Woman Lashawna Threatt Dies after Fall from W Hotel Room 11
- Florida Man Steven Cozzie Held In Slaying of Georgia Teen Courtney Wilkes in Florida 11
- PICTURED: The assistant Melissa Nelson fired by dentist because she was 'irresistably attractive' and 'threat to his marriage' 11
- Teens Jekari Strozier, Antonio Pass, Johnathan Anthony, Kemonta Bonds charged in death of Mableton man 11
- Teen Cheyenne Sauls Killed In Crash; 17-Year-Old Driver Charged With DUI 10
- Daytona Woman Katie Burson Dies After House Party Shooting 10
- Florida woman Danisa Landaeta arrested for drawing picture of bomb on friend's bag at Miami International Airport 10
- Cops: Mableton Woman Chakaya Folborg stabs sister to death with steak knife 9
- Atlanta Woman Crystal Cross Alleges Beating From Ga. State Patrol 9
- UPDATE: Teen Terry Johnson, Charged In Murder of Shakira Hudson 8
- LA Fitness Manager Juhahn Belcher 's Death Ruled Suspicious 8
- Newnan officer Josh Keller shoots girlfriend in abdomen 8
- Off-Duty Officer Shoots Teen In Nightclub Parking Lot 8
- Dunkin' Donuts employee Melissa Redmond busted for prostitution; sold sex out of restaurant 8
- Teenage Boy Cody Riddle Drowns In Boone Lake 8
- Female Driver Priscilla Johnson Charged After Hitting 3 Teens with Car 8
- Pedestrian Latara Worthy run over, killed in Union City 8
- Revealed: Dramatic pictures of Trayvon's lifeless body as new evidence shows Zimmerman bleeding with 'broken nose' 8
Rate this article
|PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity||Awkward family photos|
|UPDATED: Faces of Meth||PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter|