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Woman Who Survived October Storm Dies in Ocean

January 31, 1992

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) _ A fisherwoman rescued last fall when her boat was disabled in high seas was found dead in the ocean, about a mile from shore. The Coast Guard searched Friday for her fishing partner and their boat.

Denine Williams, 19, kept a diary of her ordeal and that of her fishing partner, Dwight Stevens, 40, aboard the Amy Ann when it was disabled last October in 15-foot seas.

″Oh my Lord, we’re in trouble now, the boat won’t crack. God only knows where we are. We’re like a cork bouncing around in the rough sea,″ she wrote.

The next day, the Coast Guard rescued Ms. Williams and Stevens. Their crippled 39-foot commercial fishing boat was left adrift.

After the rescue, Ms. Williams and Stevens said they hoped to get another boat.

On Tuesday, her body was found floating in the ocean. Four days earlier, she set out with Stevens on a weeklong trip to fish for snapper aboard the 40- foot Captain Charles.

She was wearing a life vest, but the 52-degree water sapped her body heat and she died of hypothermia, said Medical Examiner Terrence Steiner. She had been in the water two days, he said. There were no signs of foul play, he said.

A weak front went through the area Monday, prompting a small craft advisory warning, said Petty Officer Veronica Cady of the Coast Guard in Miami.

The seaworthiness of the missing vessel was unknown, Ms. Cady said.

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