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Boat seized from hit-and-run that put a boy in critical condition


Florida Fish and Wildlife officials have found a boat they believe hit a 12-year-old boy in Choctawhatchee Bay.

A search warrant was served Monday night and the vessel was seized. FWC says the owner is being cooperative. Drew Barefield was snorkeling while his father was fishing for mullet between Choctaw Beach and the Mid Bay Bridge about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The boy was swimming underwater when he was struck by a boat that kept going. Drew was taken by life flight to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and is still in critical condition.