mulberry shoulder bags Body of missing fisherman found in Lake Okeechobee
Hours earlier, a nearly weeklong search had ended for the 38 year old Army veteran, husband and father, missing since he was flung overboard into the rough waves of Lake Okeechobee last Thursday during a fishing tournament.
Those who had gathered somberly loaded up gear and tied down boats to trailers. And moved out over the gravel for the long, sad trip home. Wednesday at C. Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee. It was the spot from where Nik, along with tournament fishing partner Bill Kisiah, had left Thursday morning. And the place to which they never returned.
Searchers had scoured the 750 square mile lake about a third as big as all of Palm Beach County since Thursday evening, when Kayler, an Apopka resident, and Kisiah, 51, from Slidell, La., failed to check in on the the first day of the Fishing League Worldwide 3 day Costa Series tournament. Thursday, an exhausted Kisiah and his 21 foot Ranger Z521 came ashore near the Pahokee Marina.
information indicates that the vessel encountered rough waters and struck a wave and Mr. Kayler was ejected from the vessel, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Monday afternoon. A separate FWC report said that made by Mr. Kisiah were unsuccessful,
as he was unable to recover his passenger due to suspected engine damage and conditions. Coast Guard and the sheriff offices from Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties took part in the search. The Federal Aviation Administration halted flights over Lake Okeechobee while boats and aircraft looked for Kayler. Marines, had held out hope that Nik was alive, citing his survival training and conditioning.
Llanos, who said he spent most of the past several days on the lake and had my phone glued to my face, said Wednesday he was by the number of people searching for Nik.
that knew Nik was out here, he said. were so many people. Because he was such a good person and kept good people around him. Even people that didn know him knew about him. They were involved. Another competitor in the tournament set up a money raising webpage for Kayler family on Sunday, with a goal of $15,000. In one day, it collected more than $20,000, and it was at more than $45,000 by midday Wednesday.
Phil Kayler called his brother awesome guy. Loved fishing. Loved this lake. He been out here a million times.
struggles for me to think what they have to go through, Anthony Llanos said.
Casey Kayler, sister in law and Alycia Kayler, sister hug following the announcement of a candlelight vigil to be held in memory of Nik Kaler in Okeechobee tonight. Nik Kayler’s body.