Coast Guard searches for missing mariner

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who reportedly went missing, Saturday, while sailing in the Gulf of Mexico between Galveston, Texas and Ocean Springs, Miss.

Missing is Josiah Victor Hoffman, 52.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received an overdue vessel report from Hoffman’s wife at approximately 12:45 p.m., Monday, reporting that her husband did not return to port when expected. Hoffman is overdue from a sailing trip that departed from Houston on Jan. 3, 2011, en route to Ocean Springs.

Hoffman’s sailing vessel is called the Long Last. It is 32-feet long and is white with blue trim.

Watchstanders are working to logistically break down the search area to make it more manageable for Coast Guard assets to search.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) has been issued for mariners to keep a sharp look out in the area.

Anyone with information about the missing person should call the Coast Guard command center at 504-589-6225.

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