At approximately 8:44 p.m., Tuesday, Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received notification from the mother of an overdue boater who left from Sandspirit Park Boat Ramp that morning, and was supposed to return at 7 p.m.
“Once our Seventh District and Sector Miami watchstanders received the call, they diligently coordinated and planned out the multiple asset launches and search patterns that led to the rescue of the missing boater,” said Capt. Dan Jones, deputy commander at Sector Miami. “The boater himself also contributed to the success of the mission by making a float plan which lets people know your schedule so they can alert the Coast Guard in a timely manner if it isn’t adhered to. We also want to remind boaters to make sure they have the necessary safety equipment including EPIBRs, flares and VHF radios. Above all else, look out for each other. If you see suspicious activity, report it. You may save a life.”