Coast Guard suspends search for two missing boaters

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk aircraft crew suspends search for two missing boaters.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Clearwater.
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk aircraft crew searches for two overdue boaters August 19, 2019, off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. On Friday, Augsut 16, Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstanders were notified by a family member of boaters B. McCluney and J. Walker, who were last seen departing the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp and not returning as expected Friday evening.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Clearwater.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for two missing boaters who did not return from a trip near Port Canaveral.

After searching more than 146,368 square miles, an area equivalent to the size of Montana for over 281 hours, officials were unable to locate the boaters who were reported overdue Friday evening.

“Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly alongside federal, state, and local partner agencies as well as countless volunteers searching for Brian and Justin,” said Capt. Mark Vlaun, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. “Despite those efforts, we have been unable to locate any signs of the vessel or the missing boaters. Suspending a search is never an easy decision, and a lot of factors are considered and calculated before we make that decision. We have been in regular contact with the family members throughout our search and extend our heartfelt condolences for what we know is a very difficult time for them.”

Involved in the search were:

The Coast Guard will continue to have a presence in the area, but active searches will conclude at sunset.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders at 904-714-7558.

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