Coast Guard Searching for Missing Fisherman

TAMPA, Fla. – Coast Guard rescue coordinators are asking recreational and commercial boaters to be on the look out for three overdue fishermen scheduled to have returned to Clearwater, Fla., Sunday.

Ulies Roldan, 36, of Tampa, is believed to have departed with two other men from the Courtney Campbell Causeway Boat Ramp in a 28-foot boat Friday for a fishing trip. If anyone has any information on Roldan’s whereabouts, they are asked to call Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., at 727-824-7506 or on marine VHF radio channel 16.

“We don’t have enough information to search for these guys, and any search and rescue case is a race against time,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Tucker, a rescue coordinator at Sector St. Petersburg. “That’s why it’s important for boaters to contact us with any information regarding this vessel or Roldan they may have.”

Roldan was reported missing today by his wife after not returning Sunday. The identities of the two other crewmembers are not known. The Coast Guard has not received any other reports of possible missing fishermen.

Roldan’s wife told rescue coordinators that he usually fishes somewhere between Everglades City, Fla., and Tampa.

The vessel is a 1988, 28-foot Wellcraft with two outboard engines with Florida registration number FL0340GD. The boat is painted red, white and gray.

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