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Coast Guard searching for person in the water near Goose Creek Bay, Florida

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. USCG Goose Creek Bay search
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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse.

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard (USCG maritime and aerial crews), and partner agencies, search for a person in the water in the vicinity of Goose Creek Bay in Wakulla County, Florida, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 2 a.m. CST​ of a capsized 12-foot aluminum boat, with one person on board.

The vessel was recovered approximately two nautical miles south of Goose Creek Bay by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Still missing is Ricky Charles Clifton, 34-years-old, last seen wearing a jacket with coveralls and a yellow shirt.

Coast Guard Cutter Ridley. USCG Goose Creek Bay search
Archive image: Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, a patrol boat homeported in Montauk, N.Y., steams toward Sandy Hook, N.J., to conduct a law enforcement patrol there, Nov. 3, 2012. Since Hurricane Sandy, Coast Guard crews have increased law enforcement presence in affected waterways and coasts to deter looting and other illegal activity.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

Involved in the search:

  • Coast Guard Station Panama City 24-foot Special Purpose Craft boat crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Ridley
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Coast Guard Sector Mobile command center at 251-441-5976.

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