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Coast Guard suspends search for overdue vessel near South Florida

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Posted at 8:53 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 21:22:05-05

MIAMI, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended its search, Friday, at approximately noon, for an overdue vessel between the Bahamas and South Florida.

A blue and white 29-foot Mako Cuddy Cabin vessel, last known to be departing Bimini, Bahamas, Monday, did not arrive as expected. The vessel and people were reported to be en route to Lake Worth, Florida.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies searched approximately 17,000 square miles, roughly double the size of Massachusetts, for about 84 hours.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing people,” said Capt. Stephen V. Burdian, Seventh District Chief of Response. “I encourage anyone with information about the people aboard to contact us as soon as possible.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules aircrew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvel crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered
  • Royal Bahamas Defence Force surface units
  • Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association air assets
  • Patrick Air Force Base air asset

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the people, contact the District Seven Command Center at 305-415-6800.