Coast Guard Searching for Woman Who Fell Off Yacht

 MIAMI – The Coast Guard has begun a search for a 42 year-old woman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reported to have fallen off the 49-foot sport fisher, Do Diligence, around 4:30 p.m., 35 miles south of Freeport, Bahamas.

The Do Diligence captain reported that the woman was last seen around 4:30 p.m., leaving the bridge. The vessel was anchored around 5 p.m., and the people on the vessel realized the woman was missing around 5:30 p.m.

Search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a radio call around 6 p.m., from the motor vessel, Grand George, who was relaying the information from the Do Diligence about the woman falling off the yacht.

The Coast Guard immediately notified the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute to begin searching the area. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami was launched to assist in the search efforts. The Coast Guard is planning to launch a HC-130 Hercules aircraft in the morning.

It was reported to the Coast Guard that crew members on the pleasure craft were able to deploy an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) after they noticed the woman fell into the water. The beacon will provide the direction of the current in the area to the search and rescue coordinators directing the search efforts. It was also reported that she was not wearing a life jacket.

The name of the woman will not be release until next of kin have been notified.

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