Slidell boater participating in FLW Costa Series rescued Thursday night, co-angler missing

Boat discovered swamped on Lake Okeechobee

A Slidell man participating in the Costa FLW Series on Lake Okeechobee in Florida was rescued late Thursday night after his boat was wrecked or had been swamped, but his co-angler has not been found.

According to a release from the Fishing League Worldwide, Bill Kisiah was rescued around 11 p.m. Thursday, but co-angler Nik Kayler of Apopka, Florida has not been found, and Day 2 of the competition has been cancelled.

According to the FLW, Kisiah is a nine-year veteran of the series, and Kayler had fished 61 previous FLW events as a co-angler.

Search and rescue operations started Thursday afternoon after they did not check-in at the designated weigh-in location, according to a release.