Nobody was injured but a Liberty County man spent an uncomfortable night afloat on the Apalachicola River.
Sheriff A.J. Smith said his department received reports of a partially submerged truck at the boat ramp on Bloody Bluff Road off County Road 65 late Friday afternoon.
Smith said it was determined that the vehicle belonged to 42-year old Billy Randall Pullam, of Hosford.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Pullam’s mother who said that he had not been seen since 5:30 a.m. Friday when he left home to go worm grunting.
The two departments searched until dark and resumed the search for Pullam Saturday morning at which time they were joined by officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Smith said.
Late Saturday afternoon, the sheriff’s office received a report from Jimmy Allen of a man he had seen floating on a log on the river just north of Apalachicola. Around 5 p.m., Pullam was located on a dilapidated houseboat on the east bank of the river.
Smith said Pullam was wet, hungry and thirsty but otherwise unharmed.
According to Smith, Pullam said he had driven his truck into the river and then climbed out and swam several miles downstream before locating a large log onto which he climbed. He later located a board which he used as a paddle. Overnight he had traveled around 20 miles south to the spot where he was found.
No charges have been filed against Pullam.