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Area boaters asked to be on the lookout for missing family

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

The Coast Guard station on Fort Myers Beach Maritime Emergency Response Team is among the entities searching for a family that failed to arrive in Fort Myers after their sailboat was caught in heavy seas Sunday.

The Coast Guard began searching for the father and his three teenagers aboard a missing 29-foot sailboat near Englewood on Tuesday, the day they were reported missing.

The man, his 13- and 15-year-old sons, and 17-year-old daughter were last heard from Sunday afternoon.

On Tuesday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report of a concerned family member of the missing family stating the man and his three teenagers left Sarasota at 7 a.m. Sunday en-route to Fort Myers to repair the sailboat. Later Sunday, at approximately 3 p.m., the man called his brother and told him the sailboat was in 6-foot seas and he was attempting to survive with his children offshore of Englewood.

An HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing rescue aircrew and an MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Air Station Clearwater, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Fort Myers Beach, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Cortez, Florida, and the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator are currently conducting searches.

Station Fort Myers Beach activated the Maritime Emergency Response Team which includes numerous state and local maritime emergency responders.

Air Station Miami also aided in the search.

The Coast Guard asks mariners to keep a sharp lookout and contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727) 824-7506 with any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing family.

As of Wednesday morning, time the Coast Guard and partner agencies were actively searching for the teens.

A press conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. in St. Petersburg regarding the search efforts. Updates will be posted as information is released.

Area boaters asked to be on the lookout for missing family

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

The Coast Guard station on Fort Myers Beach Maritime Emergency Response Team is among the entities searching for a family that failed to arrive in Fort Myers after their sailboat was caught in heavy seas Sunday.

The Coast Guard began searching for the father and his three teenagers aboard a missing 29-foot sailboat near Englewood on Tuesday, the day they were reported missing.

The man, his 13- and 15-year-old sons, and 17-year-old daughter were last heard from Sunday afternoon.

On Tuesday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report of a concerned family member of the missing family stating the man and his three teenagers left Sarasota at 7 a.m. Sunday en-route to Fort Myers to repair the sailboat. Later Sunday, at approximately 3 p.m., the man called his brother and told him the sailboat was in 6-foot seas and he was attempting to survive with his children offshore of Englewood.

An HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing rescue aircrew and an MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Air Station Clearwater, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Fort Myers Beach, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Cortez, Florida, and the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator are currently conducting searches.

Station Fort Myers Beach activated the Maritime Emergency Response Team which includes numerous state and local maritime emergency responders.

Air Station Miami also aided in the search.

The Coast Guard asks mariners to keep a sharp lookout and contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727) 824-7506 with any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing family.

As of Wednesday morning, time the Coast Guard and partner agencies were actively searching for the teens.

A press conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. in St. Petersburg regarding the search efforts. Updates will be posted as information is released.

Area boaters asked to be on the lookout for missing family

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

The Coast Guard station on Fort Myers Beach Maritime Emergency Response Team is among the entities searching for a family that failed to arrive in Fort Myers after their sailboat was caught in heavy seas Sunday.

The Coast Guard began searching for the father and his three teenagers aboard a missing 29-foot sailboat near Englewood on Tuesday, the day they were reported missing.

The man, his 13- and 15-year-old sons, and 17-year-old daughter were last heard from Sunday afternoon.

On Tuesday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report of a concerned family member of the missing family stating the man and his three teenagers left Sarasota at 7 a.m. Sunday en-route to Fort Myers to repair the sailboat. Later Sunday, at approximately 3 p.m., the man called his brother and told him the sailboat was in 6-foot seas and he was attempting to survive with his children offshore of Englewood.

An HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing rescue aircrew and an MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Air Station Clearwater, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Fort Myers Beach, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Cortez, Florida, and the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator are currently conducting searches.

Station Fort Myers Beach activated the Maritime Emergency Response Team which includes numerous state and local maritime emergency responders.

Air Station Miami also aided in the search.

The Coast Guard asks mariners to keep a sharp lookout and contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727) 824-7506 with any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing family.

As of Wednesday morning, time the Coast Guard and partner agencies were actively searching for the teens.

A press conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. in St. Petersburg regarding the search efforts. Updates will be posted as information is released.