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UPDATE: Other Boating Accident Victims Identified

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UPDATE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the names of the other two victims of a boating accident in Choctawhatchee Bay last week.

FWC's Stan Kirkland says that Niceville residents 21-year-old Jamilia Beltz and 18-year-old Taylor Evanoff were killed in the accident when the boat driven by 47-year-old Rob Williams struck the Mid Bay Bridge or its pilings. All three aboard were killed in the accident.

According to Kirkland, the investigation is continuing. He says that the boat was uninsured, and unless the Coast Guard says the wreckage needs to be removed due to a hazard, it will remain submerged in the bay. Kirkland said that it takes two to three months to complete a boating accident report involving deaths.


A boating accident in Okaloosa County has left three people dead, including a former Bay High School basketball coach.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the crash happened Thursday night at the Mid Bay Bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay.

The FWC said Robert Williams left a Destin marina with two female passengers on board the boat.  After the body of one of the women was discovered in Boggy Bayou, a search team discovered what appeared to be evidence of a collision on one of the bridge pilings.

Williams' body was discovered near the wreckage of the boat Saturday morning and the body of the third victim was found in the bay hours later, the FWC said.

Williams, 47, coached basketball at Bay High from the late 1990s until 2004.

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