Coast Guard searching for overdue boater near New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for an overdue man in a 14-foot boat near New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Thursday.

Missing is Mr. Bernardo Enrique Rubio Hernandez, 49, of Apopka, Fla.

A concerned family member contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at 12:04 a.m. Thursday stating Hernandez departed from the New Smyrna Beach boat ramp in his skiff Wednesday and was planning to return at sunset, but he never did. Hernandez’s vehicle is still at the boat ramp.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Fla., watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched rescue crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a 47-foot Motor Life Boat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, Fla., and crewmembers aboard the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Volusia County Sheriffs are also assisting with the search.

Anyone with information on Hernandez’s location is asked to contact Sector Jacksonville watchstanders at 904-564-7511.

U.S. Coast Guard 47-foot Motor LIfe Boat file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James Corbisiero.

U.S. Coast Guard 47-foot Motor LIfe Boat file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James Corbisiero.

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