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Coast Guard recover 1 boater and search 1 missing near Cedar Key

Coast Guard recover 1 boater and search 1 missing near Cedar Key
Archive image: A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk MRR helicopter crew arrives at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, July 13, 2021.
The MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew conducted a training flight around the Clearwater and St. Petersburg area.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lisa Ferdinando.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —​ The Coast Guard​ recovered​ the body of​ one boater and continues searching for the remaining person missing ​from the sunken vessel​ “Dog House”​ near Cedar Key, Sunday.

Deceased is David S., 33, and the missing is Michael S., 39.

The U.S. Coast Guard aerial and marine crews have searched for nearly 60 hours covering more than 948 square nautical miles.

A good Samaritan notified to Coast​ Guard​ Sector St. Petersburg​ watchstanders at​ 11 a.m., Wednesday, reporting debris of boat in the water. The watchstanders deployed Coast Guard aircrews, USCGC crews and response boat crews to search the other missing boater in Cedar Key area with the help of​​ Florida Fish and Wildlife​ Conservation​ Commission and Levi County Sheriff’s Office.

«Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and loved ones of David,» said Capt. Matthew Thompson,​ commanding officer​ of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.​ “Our rescue crews have been diligently continuing the search and rescue efforts to find Michael.»

Rescue assets involved in the search so far:

  • FWC marine crews​
  • Levi Sheriff’s County Office crews

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