Area Man Dies in Boat Mishap

Mancle Wellborn Rehberg, 80, and Billy Donald Turk, 75, both of Panama City, had been bream fishing in Bearman Slough off Brother’s River when Rehberg reached to grab an overturned bait bucket and lost control of the 15-foot fishing boat.

The boat slammed into the bank, severely injuring Rehberg.

Turk was thrown from the vessel but wasn’t injured. Both men were wearing life jackets.

Rehberg was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m. EST at the Howard’s Creek Boat Landing.

FWC investigators believe the accident occurred about mid-morning.

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