STOCK ISLAND, Fla. – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a St. Petersburg woman following a boat fire at approximately 12:10 a.m. Wednesday at the Peary Hotel & Marina on Stock Island that destroyed an approximately 70-foot Viking yacht.
Police have released the woman’s name and say she is presumed dead.
“The woman missing in the early Wednesday morning boat fire on Stock Island has been identified as 51-year-old Linda Vella of St. Petersburg, Florida,” said Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Vella’s husband and son — Michael Kenneth Robson, 58, and Anthony Joseph Vella, 21, both of St. Petersburg, Florida — were airlifted to a hospital in Miami.
The St. Petersburg, Florida family was in the Florida Keys for lobster mini-season. Another family of four also on the boat escaped uninjured.
The boat was fully engulfed when Monroe County Fire Rescue crews arrived. They battled the blaze for approximately three hours.
We can’t do this without your help; visit our GiveSendGo page and donate any dollar amount; every penny helps.