Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Missing Boater
A 19-year-old boater went missing from his vessel in the Jacksonville area Thursday. After investing hundreds of man-hours looking for him, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search.
ActionNewsJax.com reports that the victim, Michael Vaughn III, had been sailing alone in a 30-foot commercial fishing vessel when locals noticed the vessel running in circles and apparently unattended. The Coast Guard dispatched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew to investigate, which was later joined by additional Coast Guard assets including an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, also joined in the search.
#USCG suspends search for man who went missing after reportedly falling overboard a fishing vessel near Buckman Bridge south of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Thursday. #BREAKING #D7
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— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast)
February 6, 2021
After conducting a thorough search and not having located Vaughn, the Coast Guard suspended the search Friday.
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