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Coast Guard response report

Body found among debris Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

The Coast Guard’s search for an overdue 32-foot fishing boat resulted in the discovery of debris from the vessel and what is believed to be the deceased body of one of the two missing crewmen. The body was located 58 miles west of Anna Maria Island. The boat’s roof was found 64 miles west of the island. The search for the second crewman continues. The boat was reported overdue at Bay Pines Marina after not showing up as expected. Last communications with the boat crew occurred as they made their transit home. The crewmen were believed to have been fishing in a popular area called “The Elbow,” located about 73 miles west of John’s Pass. Weather likely played a part in the accident as sea conditions were reportedly six- to eight-foot waves with up to 40-knot gusts of wind. The search for the missing crewman continues with the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin from Fort Myers, Fla.,and a C-130 airplane and two HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. The body was recovered by Marlin. The Coast Guard’s three-day search for the missing fisherman was suspended at sunset. (March 2)

Boat collision Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Coast Guard Sector Miami marine investigators were en route to Fort Lauderdale to investigate the cause of a boating accident in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Sunrise Blvd. Bridge. The Coast Guard received a report that a casino boat may have collided with two privately owned boats. The casino boat also reportedly collided with the Sunrise Blvd. Bridge. A response boat from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale was immediately dispatched to the scene. After arriving on scene, Coast Guard crewmembers confirmed there was no sign of pollution at the time and that no injuries had been reported. At the time of the accident, the 160-foot private boat reportedly had 14 people on board, the other 152-foot boat had five people on board and the 95-foot casino boat had 26 people aboard — 15 passengers and 11 crewmembers. The 160-footer had a gash on the left side and the 152-footer had fiberglass damage. The casino boat was being towed to a marina. The cause of the incident was under investigation. (March 10)