Coast Guard searching for missing father, daughter

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew and a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew are scheduled to resume searches at sunrise Friday for a 53-year-old man and his 10-year-old daughter who were reported overdue Thursday from an Indian River fishing trip.

Missing is Wallace Schroder and his daughter, both of Mims, Fla.

Coast Guard boat and air crews searched until 3 a.m. Friday and found no signs of the Schroder family or their boat.

“We remain hopeful Mr. Schroder and his daughter sought safe refuge somewhere, and we just haven’t found them yet,” said Mark Visconti of the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center. “The morning light will give our crews far better search conditions, so we’re planning to have them in the area and beginning to search right at sunrise.”

A concerned family member contacted Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials, who notified Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Jacksonville of the incident at 8:40 p.m. Thursday.

The girl and her father departed from the Parrish Park Boat Ramp in Titusville, Fla., in a green 16-foot jon boat about 10 a.m. and were expected to return by 7:45 p.m. Thursday

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral, Fla., Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and Kennedy Space Center security officers have all been involved in the search.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders at 904-564-7511.

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