Coast Guard suspends search for boater off Mead Point

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter File Photo

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter File Photo

CORTEZ, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday evening for a boater missing 5 miles north west Mead Point since Friday.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report from the wife of Fraser Horne, 63, from Calgary, Canada and resident of Cortez during the winter, stating her husband was overdue.

Search crews completed 30 search patterns covering approximately 2,192 square miles over a 65 hour period. Coast Guard assets involved in the search included:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
  • Coast Guard Station Cortez boatcrew
  • Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg boatcrew
  • A Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrews

Crewmembers from Holmes Beach Police Department, Manatee County Sheriff’s office, Pinellas County Marine Unit, Eckerd College Search, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also assisted in the search.

“Suspending a search is the most difficult decision I have to make and our thoughts and prayers go out to Horne’s family and friends,” said Capt. Holly Najarian, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg commander. “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reunite Fraser with his family.”

The incident is currently under investigation.

“Toula, our Golden retriever is at home in good health and I would like to thank the good Samaritan who found her Friday night,” said Michele Horne, Fraser’s wife. “I also would like to thank the Coast Guard and the many other rescue agencies who searched for Fraser. This is an emotionally difficult time and we ask everyone to respect our family and friends privacy while we grieve for Fraser.”

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