FLW Costa Series Angler Goes Missing After Boat Wreck; Day Two of Tournament Cancelled
OutdoorHub Reporters 01.05.18
When day one of the 2018 FLW Costa Series on Lake Okeechobee came to a conclusion, tournament officials decided to cancel the second day to search for an angler who came up missing after a wreck.
According to a statement released by FLW, the boat belonged to pro Bill Kisiah of Slidell, Louisiana, and co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Florida. Once the boat missed check-in time, an immediate search was launched with local authorities and the Coast Guard to find the two anglers.
FLW released an update that Kisiah was found alive late Thursday night with his boat which as you can see in the clip below had been wrecked at some point during the first day of the tournament. Kayler has yet to be discovered, hence the reason for suspending day two.
Original statement from FLW:
“Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) regrets to confirm that a boat with two anglers that was competing today [Thursday] in the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee did not check in at the designated weigh-in location at C. Scott Driver Park in Okeechobee, Fla., and has not yet been located.
The boat belonged to pro William (Bill) Kisiah of Slidell, La., and co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Fla. The boat that the anglers were competing in is a dark-colored Ranger Z521 with a red Evinrude G2 outboard. It is believed that the boaters had planned to travel to the South Bay area from the north end of the lake.
Kisiah is a nine-year veteran boater of FLW Series competition, while Kayler has fished in 61 previous FLW events as a co-angler.
At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard. FLW is assisting the search efforts.
FLW will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the FLW website, flwfishing.com.”