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Old 03-29-2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Police searching for missing boater - Bayou Chico

The Pensacola Police Department is looking for a man who jumped from a sailboat Monday evening into Bayou Chico.

Police went to the Pensacola Shipyard, 700 S. Myrick St., about 7:25 p.m. Monday after getting a call that John Thomas Hawkins IV, 35, of Orange Beach, Ala., had jumped in the water and could not be found.


Hawkins and his wife Angela, 35, have been staying on a friend’s docked sailboat.


Police said Angela Hawkins told officers that she and her husband spent Monday swimming and that her husband had been drinking.

She told police she was near the rear of the boat when she heard her husband jump from the front.


Angela Hawkins began looking for her husband after 10 to 15 minutes but couldn’t find him, police said.


She then notified a security guard. When they still could not locate him, police were called.


Angela Hawkins described her husband as a good swimmer, police said.

The Pensacola Fire Department responded to the area with a boat Monday night. Members of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office dive team also were called to help with the search.


Police said foul play is not suspected.


Efforts to find John Thomas Hawkins resumed this morning.

http://www.pnj.com/article/20110329/...text|FRONTPAGE

John Hawkins owns Hawkins Fiberglass in Orange Beach.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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His feet probably stuck in the bottom. Some thick mud in here.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:59 PM   #3
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The internet link notes that a body was found this PM in Bayou Chico-not yet ID'd. The channel had been dredged a few years ago, and should be deep in the center, but it is possible that near the edge it was shoal--and he could have sustained injury if he dove in head first. Unlikely to have "stuck in the mud"--In areas where the props have washed out the mud, is fairly hard sand, and in some places clay--also can be debris. Certainly a tragedy for all.
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Very sad news for the family.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:50 AM   #5
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Angela Hawkins came to Pensacola on Saturday thinking her husband would be working on a boat.

John Hawkins IV, 35, of Orange Beach, Ala., had set up a friend’s docked boat — the Witchy Woman — so he and his wife could celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary.


The romantic weekend took a tragic turn Monday when John Hawkins jumped from the boat into Bayou Chico and didn’t resurface.

Family and friends of John Hawkins spent Tuesday at a Bayou Chico boat ramp hoping for good news as law enforcement officers searched the water.


Hawkins' body was found in Bayou Chico on Tuesday evening, Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons said.


Police went to the Pensacola Shipyard, 700 South Myrick St., about 7:25 p.m. Monday after getting a call that Hawkins had jumped in the water and was missing.


On Tuesday afternoon, Angela Hawkins said she was too upset to talk.

The Rev. Phillip Anthony, 42, and Trudy Champion, both of Christian Life Church in Orange Beach, spent Tuesday offering her encouragement and comfort.


The Hawkinses attend Christian Life Church where John Hawkins helps get classrooms ready on Sundays.


John Hawkins, who repairs and restores boats, surprised his wife with the boat celebration, Champion said.


“She walked on it and it was set up for their anniversary celebration, with candles on a table,” she said. “It was romantic.”


The couple’s children — ages 4, 5 and 7 — joined them later.

Anthony said Angela Hawkins was at the boat’s stern getting the family’s things together so they could leave. That’s when her husband jumped into the water.


“She heard the splash, thinking he was going in for one last swim before they left,” Anthony said.


Ten to 15 minutes later, Angela Hawkins began looking for her husband but couldn’t find him, police said.


She then notified a security guard. When they still could not locate him, police were called.


Angela Hawkins described her husband as a good swimmer, police said.

An autopsy will be conducted, police said.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:26 AM   #6
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John Hawkins worked for me some 15 years ago. He quickly learned to fabricate and was a thoughtful craftsman. He settled in the Orange beach area and had a successful fiberglass and paint company. I would bump into him at several marinas in the Orange beach area through the years. He was always upbeat and talked of his family and mine. His craft will be missed by his customers and I will miss his country demeanor. I send my prayers to his wife and family. Tim Scallan
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Sad to hear, he could of had a heart attack or something to that affect..Made him fall in the water and drowned..Hopefully the M.E will find something out for them..
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