Survivor clings to capsized boat overnight; 3 others die

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Posted: Apr 11, 2016 12:13 PM

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff says the only person who survived after a boat capsized in Florida clung to the vessel overnight.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says 45-year-old Robert Stewart was taken to a hospital Monday after he was found walking on a beach. He is listed in critical condition, but sheriff's office video shows him walking off a rescue helicopter.

The bodies of two adults and a child were recovered Monday. Officials identified them as 51-year-old Palm Beach County Deputy Sheriff Fernandas Jones, his 9-year-old son Jayden Jones and Willis Bell. Bell's age wasn't immediately available.

The group's 24-foot Sea Ray boat capsized shortly after leaving Stuart about 8 a.m. Sunday. There was a small-craft advisory with winds above 20 mph causing choppy seas.

Stuart is on the Atlantic Coast, about 80 miles north of Fort Lauderdale.

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Information from: WPTV-TV, http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/wptv