PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) – Crews have ended the search for the day, and will regroup in the morning, for the body of a 4-year-old boy who went missing Saturday afternoon, May 25, in Pensacola Bay after he fell out of his grandfather’s boat.
Search officials said 4 year-old Logan Torrance Fontana of Pensacola disappeared from his grandfather’s boat Saturday as they were coming home from a day of fishing near Fort Pickens in Pensacola Bay.
Lt. Doug Berryman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, told FOX10 News Logan’s grandfather, Steve Maye, had dusted his grandson’s life jacket off, which was filled with sand, and returned it to the child and told him to place it back on his body.
Berryman said Maye then went to the front of the 19-foot fishing boat, which he was piloting, and picked up speed.
Sixty seconds later, Maye looked back to check on Logan, and he was gone, but the life jacket was still in the boat.
Since then, the FWC, and other assisting agencies, as well as some good samaritans, have been searching around the clock for Logan.
“The way it works is we set up search patterns,” explained Lt. Berryman, “We have boats that are working the perimeters, and we have boats that are working a grid type pattern going back and forth.”
Berryman said crews are also searching for Logan with aircrafts.
Most of the boats used in the search are equipped with what’s called side-imaging technology, which allows officials to pinpoint certain targets that could be Logan. For every target that is picked up, a diver is sent down to check it out.
“Right now utilizing our side imaging sonar which is allowing us to canvas and search an area, we’re looking from top to bottom in the water column, and then out anywhere from 30 to 50 feet, on each direction of the vessel,” explained Clint Retherford, a commander with Escambia Search and Rescue.
Because Logan has not been found within 24 hours of going missing, the search is now considered a recovery, not a rescue.
Crews will regroup their search efforts Monday morning, May 25.
FOX10 News will continue to bring you updates on this continuing coverage as more details become available.