Coast Guard rescues 3, searching for missing boater 70 miles south west of Fort Myers Beach

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.— The Coast Guard is searching for a 63-year-old man in the Gulf of Mexico after a fishing boat sank 70 miles south west of Fort Myers Beach.

At 3:59 a.m. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a distress call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from James Beeman, the captain aboard the 37-foot commercial fishing boat, J.U.M.A., out of Seminole. Beeman reported the boat was taking on water and he needed emergency assistance. At the same time, Coast Guard Seventh District watchstanders received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon alert correlating to the J.U.M.A.’s position.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater was launched, arrived on scene and rescued three people clinging to life jackets and debris. The boaters reported the 63-year-old man missing. The helicopter crew transported the three boaters to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers for symptoms of hypothermia.

An HC-144 Casa fixed-wing aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback, a Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew and the Jayhawk helicopter crew are searching for the missing boater.

Mariners are asked to keep a sharp lookout, and contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 or 727-824-7506 with any information regarding the missing boater.

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