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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Pinellas deputies recover body of missing Fort De Soto boater

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Pinellas County deputies have recovered the body of a 49-year-old man who went missing Sunday from his watercraft near Fort De Soto Park.

The body of Michael Douglas Rhine, of Pinellas Park, was found Wednesday afternoon at the mouth of Bunces Pass near Fort Desoto Park in Tierra Verde.

Deputies say Rhine, boating at Bunces Pass on Sunday around 4:30 p.m., fell overboard after his boat developed engine trouble.

Deputies say Rhine attempted to fix the outboard motor but fell overboard and did not resurface.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials joined deputies in the search.

Deputies say an autopsy will be performed, but his death appears accidental.

The investigation continues.

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