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Search continues for missing Lake Okeechobee angler

Lake Okeechobee, Fla-(TreasureCoast.com)- On January 4th, the Fishing League Worldwide reported that two anglers did not report in at the designated weigh-in location.The boat belonged to pro William (Bill) Kisiah of Slidell, La., and co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Fla.

At 11:15 p.m. last night Bill Kisiah was been located alive. The search is continues for co-angler Nik Kayler.

 

Original Statement:

Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) regrets to confirm that a boat with two anglers that was competing today [Thursday] in the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee did not check in at the designated weigh-in location at C. Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, Fla., and has not yet been located.

The boat belonged to pro William (Bill) Kisiah of Slidell, La., and co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Fla. The boat that the anglers were competing in is a dark-colored Ranger Z521 with a red Evinrude G2 outboard.

Kisiah is a nine-year veteran boater of FLW Series competition, while Kayler has fished in 61 previous FLW events as a co-angler.

Search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard. FLW is assisting the search efforts.

FLW will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the FLW website, flwfishing.com.

*UPDATE 11:15 p.m.*

The boater Bill Kisiah has been located alive. The search is continuing for co-angler Nik Kayler.

*UPDATE 1:10 a.m.*

To assist with the ongoing search efforts for co-angler Nik Kayler, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) has canceled Friday’s day two of competition.

FLW confirmed Thursday night that a boat with two anglers that was competing in the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee did not check in at the designated weigh-in location Thursday at C. Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, Florida.

 

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