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Body of missing boater found near Fort Desoto Park

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The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported that at approximately 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10th the body of missing boater, Michael Douglas Rhine, was located near the mouth of Bunces Pass.  Deputies say a private boat found the body as they were coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. The boaters contacted the Coast Guard via marine radio and Sheriff's deputies responded to the location.

Authorities say Rhine's family has been notified and the medical examiner will complete an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Sheriff's deputies and officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife have been searching for Rhine since the afternoon of Sunday, April 7, 2013. Rhine was boating with his wife when he fell overboard while working on the boat's motor.

At this time Rhine's death does appear accidental and not suspicious in nature.

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