ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The two boaters reported to be missing on a 39-foot boat between Charlotte Harbor and Carrabelle, Florida, have been found by Coast Guard crews 45 miles west of Homosassa River, Florida, Tuesday.
Missing were Michael Forehand who is in his late 30’s and Lisa Harris, 48, from Carrabelle.
An HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, located the vessel at 7:35 a.m., transferred a radio and determined the vessel disabled due to engine failure. It was also reported both Forehand and Harris were in good health and had no concerns of conditions aboard the vessel.
The Hercules crew will stay with the vessel until the the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, and Seatow Horseshoe Beach arrives on scene to assist further. It is unknown where the boaters and their vessel will be transported to at this time.
At 11:21 a.m. Monday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Alabama, received a call from Laurie Roberts, a friend of Harris, stating Forehand and Harris were expected to arrive in Carrabelle by sunset, Sunday. In addition, she stated Harris had not shown up for work at 9 a.m. Monday.
Roberts stated Harris and Forehand left their vehicle at her house in Carrabelle, drove a rental car to Charlotte Harbor, and departed Saturday on the 39-foot Sea Ray.