Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boater Off Bahamas

MIAMI – Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Sector Miami suspended search efforts for Peer Steenburg, the master of the 36-foot sailing vessel Holo Ki Ki, Sunday night.

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin, two HH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Air Station Miami, a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater deployed in support of Operations Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), a C-130 Hercules fixed wing aircraft crew from Air Station Clearwater, an HH-65 helicopter crew from the Royal English Airship Lars Bay and crews from the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association exhausted a 628 square mile search area since Steenburg was reported unaccounted for at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

A good Samaritan boater contacted search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami Sunday requesting permission to board the unmanned sailing vessel Holo Ki Ki about 20 miles north of West End, Bahamas. Once aboard the Holo Ki Ki, the good Samaritan reported the vessel was empty but evidence aboard the vessel confirmed it had been recently occupied. Later that afternoon the owner of Holo Ki Ki contacted Sector Miami to report he had hired Steenburg to transport the sailing vessel from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Netherlands.

“It is always difficult for search and rescue coordinators to make the decision to suspend search efforts for a person lost at sea,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Johnson, a Coast Guard public affairs specialist in Miami. “Our thoughts and condolences are with family and friends who knew Peer Steenburg at this time.”

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2 Comments

  1. dear Sirs,

    With reference to the above mentioned article, The Danish Foreign Service kindly request further informations about the above mentioned Danish citizen Mr. Peer Steenburg, who has been missing since late May 2008.

    We wuld like to know his passport No. date of birth, and his address if known.
    Best regards

    Folmer Jensen

    Duty Officer

    Ministry of Foriegn Affairs, Denmark

  2. cgnews says:

    Mr. Jensen,

    We merely report the news. Since he is a citizen of your country, I suggest you check your records.