Body of missing boater lost during Hurricane Sally found Wednesday afternoon

Colin Warren-Hicks Pensacola News JournalPublished 7:12 PM EDT Sep 23, 2020Authorities discovered the body a P

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Authorities discovered the body a Pensacola boater Wednesday one week after he went missing in Hurricane Sally.

Brandon William Nicholson, 27, is the third recorded Florida fatality due to Hurricane Sally.

Nicholson left shore in a 12-foot jon boat Sept. 16 in an attempt to save his mother’s pontoon boat that became untethered in the strong currents and winds brought by the hurricane.

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His body was discovered at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday after coming ashore near the Blue Angel Recreation Park located at 2100 Bronson Road, according to ECSO spokeswoman Amber Southard.

Nicholson's family had been contacted and made aware of the situation before information pertaining to discover was released to the public.

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The U.S. Coast Guard and rescue workers searched for Nicholson for two days after he was last seen at about 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 having just left his Riola Place home paddling a 12-foot jon boat.

Brandon Nicholson’s mother, Kristine Crowell, told the News Journal on Friday that she begged him not to go after her runaway pontoon boat during the storm.

“I begged him not to go,” Crowell said last week. “And he goes, 'Well, do you want your boat?' And I go, 'No, I want your life Brandon. Brandon, I want your life. No, that boat means nothing.' That’s my story. Everything is in ruins.”

Nicholson is survived by his wife, Stephanie Nicholson, and their two children Wyatt, 3, and their youngest son, Memphis, who is 1-year-old. 

His body was the second to be found in as many days.

More: Body recovered near Innerarity Point was kayaker who went missing in storm, ECSO says

Escambia County Sheriff's Office confirmed a body recovered earlier this week was that of a kayaker who went missing during Hurricane Sally.

Agnieszka Sobierajska, 45, was last seen Sept. 16 kayaking in the 16000 block of Innerarity Point Road. Her body was found Monday near Innerarity Point.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan reported that a third Hurricane Sally victim died after using a generator indoors.

Colin Warren-Hicks can be reached at or 850-435-8680.
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