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Overnight search turns up no sign of doctor believed lost at sea

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-14 06:04:03-04

NAPLES, Fla. — Despite a search continuing Sunday, Coast Guard officials still have not found a missing Naples boater.

Coast Guard continues search for missing Naples boater

The U.S. Coast Guard said their C-130 plane located Dr. Chaundre Cross's 34-foot boat early Thursday afternoon between Sanibel Island and Naples, Florida.

No sign of SWFL doctor believed lost at sea

However, when they stepped on the vessel, they did not find the 49-year-old doctor.

Friends and family members have joined Coast Guard officials in seeking any sign of Cross. Their hope is that they will find him treading water, waving, or signaling.

"Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and patients. We are concerned for the well-being and safety of Dr. Cross and are here to support all of our employees and to ensure the continuation of care for our patients.”

“Our Naples and Bonita Springs offices will continue operations to ensure continuous care for our patients. We have other physician coverage and support from the community. We will continue to care for our patients.”

“The well-being of the individual involved, as well as our broader teams and patients, is our number one priority. This is a private matter, and we will not be commenting further on this matter.”

Dr. Cross statement from Genesis Care

The water overnight was around 87 degrees; officials say a person can easily survive several days in those temperatures.

The search area includes Naples Beach, Fort Myers Beach, and Marco Island.

Cross went boating early Wednesday morning and hasn’t been seen since.

According to the sheriff’s office, He left the Naples Bay Marina at around 7:30 a.m. on his boat, ‘Vitamin Sea.’

When he didn’t return home later in the day, his family became concerned and contacted deputies.

Chaundre Cross is five feet and 11 inches tall, 150 pounds, bald, and has brown eyes. Deputies said he was wearing a purple shirt and black pants.

The Coast Guard is asking people with any information to contact them at the St. Petersburg sector at 727-824-7506.