Five victims identified in Pahokee plane crash

Five people died when a small plane crashed into Lake Okeechobee Friday afternoon, authorities said.

At 3:26 p.m. Friday, the small plane crashed into the lake about 400 yards from shore a little north of Pahokee Airport, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Divers from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue found the five bodies when they searched the aircraft fuselage in the water, she said. On Saturday afternoon, PBSO identified the victims as Eduardo Mulet, 45, of West Palm Beach; Eric Peterson, 73, of Lighthouse Point; Matthew Fiorello, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens; Heather Bridwell, 43, of Jupiter; and Edwin Mortell III, 54, of Stuart.