Coast Guard suspends search for overdue boater

Coast Guard 8th District NewsMOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for an overdue boater, Monday, who reportedly did not return home after a fishing trip, Saturday, near the Mobile Ship Channel.

Missing is Kenny Boyer.

Coast Guard crews searched for approximately 58 hours, covering more than 3,000 nautical miles, in an effort to locate Boyer.

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island, Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Coast Guard Cutter Coho, the Bon Secour Fire Department, Mobile County Sheriff’s Department, Dauphin Island Police and the Alabama Marine Police searched for the overdue boater.

“The Coast Guard and our many search and rescue partners have blanketed the area with searches on the water and in the air. Unfortunately, we haven’t found him, so we suspended the search,” said Capt. Don Rose, commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “This case reminds us all of why life jackets, float plans, good communications and safety equipment are so important when taking to the water,” said Rose.

At approximately 10 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received an overdue vessel report from a family member reporting that Boyer and two other men did not return home after a fishing trip aboard a 24-foot recreational craft.

Good Samaritans helping in the search located one survivor alive, and Alabama Marine Police recovered one person who was reportedly unresponsive.

The search is suspended pending further developments.

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