Overdue father, daughter found safe

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The father and daughter reported overdue from a fishing trip in the Indian River near Titusville, Fla., Thursday were found safe early Friday morning.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office crews who were assisting with the search reported to Coast Guard responders at 6 a.m., they located the pair south of the Max Brewer Causeway in Titusville.

“We’re extremely grateful to learn Mr. Schroder and his daughter are safe this morning,” said Lt. Austin Campbell of the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center. “This incident showcases the importance of float plans and VHF-FM marine radios as primary means of communication.”

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to leave float plans with a responsible friend or family member for every outing. A blank float plan is available here.

VHF-FM radios are far more reliable than cell phones in the marine environment, work in remote areas where cell phones do not, and transmissions over VHF-FM radio frequencies may be heard by other nearby boaters who can render assistance before response agencies arrive.

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