Coast Guard, local and state law-enforcement search for missing man and woman near Hammock Creek

Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter

USCG MH-60 helicopter file photo

ARIPEKA, Fla. – The Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies are searching for a missing man and woman in the vicinity of Hammock Creek near Aripeka, Fla., Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Fla., received a call Monday at approximately 9 p.m., from a man stating that his brother and girlfriend had not returned after departing for their boating trip at 1 p.m.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., diverted an 18-foot Shallow Water Response boat crew from Station Yankeetown, and launched an Air Station Clearwater, Fla., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew.

Crews arrived on scene at approximately 10:14 p.m., Monday and are currently searching for Allen Norfleet, a 40-year-old male and Melissa Wells, a 25-year-old female who were last seen leaving a boat ramp in Hammock Creek at 1 p.m., Monday.

Along with the Coast Guard, marine units from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are assisting in the search.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters that the proper emergency equipment, including a marine band radio, lifejackets, emergency signaling devices, and filing a float plan, are essential to keeping safe on the water. Instructions for filing a float plan can be found at http://www.floatplancentral.org/

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