Coast Guard concludes search for missing boater near Key Largo

KEY LARGO, Fla. – The Coast Guard ended its search for the missing boater in the vicinity of Mosquito Bank, Fla., Monday.

Michael J. Smith, a 54 year-old male, was located deceased in the water by divers from the Key Largo Volunteer Fire Rescue Water Emergency Team. The body was positively identified Tuesday afternoon by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family during this difficult time,” said Capt. Pat DeQuattro, the Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., commander.

Smith’s family contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 6:25 p.m. Sunday to report Smith rented a 26-foot Angler from Pontunes Boat Rental and was overdue.

Upon notification, the Coast Guard launched aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami and boat crews from Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Fla., and coordinated efforts with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Key Largo emergency responders to search for the missing boater.

The following assets assisted in the search:

  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • A 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement crew from Coast Guard Station Islamorada
  • A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water crew from Coast Guard Station Islamorada
  • A 48-foot Sea Hawk crew from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • A 31-foot Midnight Express crew from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • A 29-foot Sea Hunter crew from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • A Bell Jet Ranger helicopter crew from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • The Key Largo Volunteer Fire Rescue Water Emergency Team

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