Rough Seas

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

Forty-nine-year-old Kenneth Heybrock and his 18-year-old son Joshua set out for a day on the water Tuesday morning from the Indian Pass Boat ramp. When the men didn't return by mid-afternoon, Heybrock's wife called authorities.

Ten-foot seas and whipping wind makes the search for the father and son difficult. Petty Officer Derek Campbell with the Coast Guard is one of several teams searching the waters.

Heybrock's family is vacationing at the Indian Pass Campground on Cape San Blas from North Carolina. A small craft advisory was issued Tuesday, but the men decided to venture out in the 18-20 foot hobie cat anyway.

Tom Bynum is visiting from Atlanta, Georgia and decided to stay in the bay because a small craft advisory was posted.

"When you see the water capping like that you got 20 knot winds, that's when the waves start to pick up. You just don't go out in the waves in that kind of boat," says Tom.

Bynum knows all too well the dangers of the Gulf.

"Just two to three years ago we lost two of our buddies and the Fire Department came down and they had a problem, and they found them about five days later."

The father and son did have on wetsuits when they left, but with the water at 65 degrees and the surf not ready to calm down, authorities will continue an aggressive search in an effort to find both men.

If you spot either of the boaters or the hobie cat, contact the Coast Guard at 234-4228.


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