Overdue boater sailing from Captiva Island to Key West found safe

Coast Guard District 7 NewsCLEARWATER, Fla. — An overdue boater has been found safe aboard the 33-foot sailboat Skua northwest of Key West, Fla. at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Kim Reed Heindl contacted Coast Guard Sector Key West and reported he was safe and was delayed due to weather.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., were notified Thursday evening by Heindl’s employer stating that he had not yet arrived to his final destination of Key West, Fla., where he was due to arrive Oct. 14.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew Friday to perform two searches but found nothing. Air Station Clearwater launched assets again Saturday morning for a first light search and had the same results.

The Coast Guard recommends filing a written float plan with a a family member or friend prior to getting underway and also attending a Coast Guard Auxiliary safe boating course.

An example of a float plan can be found at http://floatplancentral.org.

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