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Coast Guard crews prepare for more searches Friday for missing sailboat off Sanibel

Posted at 7:46 AM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 19:21:39-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Search crews are continuing to search land and water for any remaining survivors of the Kimberly family Friday morning.

Ace Kimberly and his three kids -- 13-year-old Roger, 15-year-old Donny, and 17-year-old Rebecca  -- went missing on a sailboat trip from Sarasota to Fort Myers on Sunday.

Authorities have confirming that the first body recovered Wednesday is that of Rebecca.  A second body was recovered Thursday but has not been identified.

We're also learning that Ace may have another son with his former fiancee, Melissa Gross.  She now lives in Tennessee and posted about the tragedy on her Facebook page, asking for prayers.

Locally, friends of the family are also expressing their sympathies.

"They are not supposed to put those kids in bad weather, because today you need to check the weather before you go to a boat with the family," says family friend Nelda Gerena.

"They just got to pray and pray for the other two to survive so they can be found somewhere out there," says family friend Moza.

The Coast Guard released a photo Thursday of the family's 29-foot sailboat.  THe photo was taken the day before the fateful trip.

The Coast Guard is now sifting through that boat's debris, collecting belongings such as their life jackets, sneakers and a bucket filled with wallets and birth certificates.

More searches are planned Friday, with help from several local and federal agencies.