Gulf County Deputies Continue Searching Apalachicola River for Missing Fire Chief

GULF COUNTY, FL – Deputies and other rescue workers continued their search this week for Dalkeith Volunteer Fire Chief Bill Davis.  Davis is suspected to have fallen into the Apalachicola River near Battle Bend on Tuesday.

An active search and rescue effort, that was initiated Tuesday afternoon, in an area near Battle Bend along the Apalachicola River has transitioned into a recovery effort. The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Wewahitchka Search and Rescue, and the Southwest Panhandle Search and Rescue K-9 Team  continued the search Wednesday for William “Bill” Davis, Jr., (76) of Dalkeith.

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 4:25 PM Central Time yesterday after Davis attempted to retrieve his boat that had floated away from his houseboat and did not return. His boat was located by a citizen that heard the call for help a short time later. Law enforcement, along with search and rescue volunteers, staged at Listers Landing and started searching for Davis. It is believed that he drowned.

“Davis is a beloved member of the community and served as the Fire Chief for the Dalkeith Volunteer Fire Department. Our hearts ache for the Davis Family,” said Sheriff Mike Harrison, “Mr. Bill was known by many in our community and was a tireless servant.”