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Tampa Police Recover Body of Missing Boat Captain


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Tampa, FLA.- Divers with the Tampa Police Department located and recovered a body on board a submerged vessel.

The boat's captain, Curtis Lee Cowling, lived on the vessel and was last seen Saturday night around 11:00pm. It's since been confirmed that the body recovered from the submerged vessel was the missing boat captain Cowling. 

"Although our Dive Team members, joined by multiple agencies, all worked tirelessly in their efforts, we now share in the sorrow of this tragic outcome," said Chief Lee Bercaw. "Our thoughts and concerns are with the family and friends of Captain Cowling during this difficult time."

Officers initially responded to the Shrimp Docks located at 2625 Causeway Blvd in reference to a 63 foot vessel that had sunk, possibly with the captain still on board. It was determined that the vessel was completely underwater and a significant amount of fuel was leaking  causing a HAZMAT situation.

The United States Coast Guard is leading the efforts for the fuel clean-up process.

The cause of death is still being investigated, however, there are no signs of foul play.