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Coast Guard halts search of missing capsized boater

May 22, 2014
By MCKENZIE CASSIDY ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Fort Myers Beach announced that the search for a capsized boater was suspended pending any further development.

The station had received a radio message from an unidentified man who reported capsizing and taking on water aboard his 22-foot white sailing vessel one-mile west of Sanibel Island on Tuesday evening.

The Coast Guard later lost communications with the man.

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Members of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team vertically insert from a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., during a training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico. ADAM EGGERS.

A Coast Guard Clearwater MH-60 helicopter and 29-foot response boat were deployed also containing personnel from the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Florida Fish & Wildlife.

According to Coast Guard officials, the search crews saturated areas around Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Bay, the Caloosahatchee River, and Pine Island, but called off the search late Wednesday night.

"The coast guard has completed its portion of the search and has saturated all of the areas for the person to be," said 2nd Class Petty Officer Michael De Nyse, spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard.



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