Coast Guard searching for missing boater 25 miles off North Miami Beach

The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater in a yellow open concept boat more than 25 miles off North Miami Beach, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Photo courtesy of the good Samaritan vessel Betty K VIII

The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater in a yellow open concept boat more than 25 miles off North Miami Beach, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Photo courtesy of the good Samaritan vessel Betty K VIII

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing 50-year-old boater approximately 25 miles off North Miami Beach, Saturday.

Missing is Eugene Russell, 50, who was reported overdue by his wife. She also reported he was on a 22-foot yellow open concept boat and was scheduled to return Friday evening. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami also received a report from the good Samaritan vessel, Betty K VIII, stating they located a yellow boat with an individual aboard waving his arms wearing a yellow life jacket and pointing to his engine, which matched a description of Russell and the vessel he was aboard.

The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge to search for Russell

The cutter crew will continue to search throughout the night.

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