Coast Guard Searching for Missing Boater Near Key Largo

MIAMI – The Coast Guard is searching for a boater that has not returned from his fishing trip Sunday near Key Largo, Fla.

Rafael Hernandez, 48, departed alone from Sexton Cove in Key Largo in a 16-foot boat Sunday. Hernandez was reported missing Wednesday morning after not reporting to work for three days.

Coast Guard crews from Station Islamorada, Fla., and a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft are searching for Hernandez. Also searching are Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

If anyone has seen or have information on Hernandez’s whereabouts, they are asked to call Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., at 305-292-8727.

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