Coast Guard suspends search for missing man

The Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback approaches Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in Atlantic Beach, Fla., the cutter's new homeport, Thursday, June 13, 2013. The Diamondback relocated from Miami and will conduct search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental protection and various other missions for Sectors Jacksonville and Charleston, S.C. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)MELBOURNE. Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing man off the coast of Melbourne,Tuesday, after exhausting search efforts in conjunction with partner agencies since Sunday evening.

The search for 38-year-old Lloyd Chamberlain was suspended at 7 p.m., following three days of searching from Vero Beach to Flagler Beach.

“I want to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lloyd Chamberlain. The Coast Guard prides itself on rescuing survivors and returning them to their friends and family, which makes the decision to suspend a search and rescue case extremely difficult,” said Lt.j.g. Kathryn Weber, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. “Despite the exceptional efforts of our many different partner agencies and volunteers, the decision has been made to suspend our search. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chamberlain family during this trying time.”

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral received a phone call at approximately 10 p.m., Sunday, from the friend of the missing man. He reported that he was scheduled to return by dusk, but had not returned home.

After pinging his cellphone, his boat was located, but he was not aboard.

The Coast Guard searched an area of 5,063 miles with the following assets:

*       45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Station Port Canaveral,
*       an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Station Clearwater,
*       the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Diamonback, homeported in Mayport, Florida,
*       an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami and
*       a C-130 aircraft from Air Station Miami.

Also assisting in the search were assets and personnel from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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