Coast Guard continues search for 2 missing boaters in Florida

Coast Guard continues search for 2 missing boaters in Florida
Archive image: Coast Guard pilots aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.​ — The Coast Guard is continuing its search for two overdue boaters from Panama City, Florida Thursday.

Overdue are Gerald Cook, 81, and Peter Cook, 55, and four of their dogs aboard​ the 52-foot yellow steel vessel Rom’e.

Watchstanders at​ Coast Guard Sector Miami​ received the initial call from family stating a father and son​ were traveling from Panama City to Vero Beach, Florida​ by the Okeechobee Waterway and were scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

Coast Guard continues search for 2 missing boaters in Florida
Archive image: Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew members from Air Station Clearwater, Florida conduct a pre-flight brief.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard rescue crews who have been involved in the search include a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130J Hercules​ aircrew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew, the Coast Guard Cutter Cutter Brant (WPB-87348) and the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton (WPC-1108) crews.​ The search has covered​ 31,499 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico since Wednesday.

Coast Guard continues search for 2 missing boaters in Florida
Archive image: a Coast Guard Aviaiton Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry is prepped before take-off in Mobile, Alabama.
The ATC Mobile is a multi-mission unit, acting as the Coast Guard’s aviation and capabilities development center, as well as an operational air station.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles.

If you have any information that could aid in the search, please contact Coast Guard District 7 Command Center at 305-415-6800.

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