Three Orlando residents missing after departing Anclote River

Coast Guard District 7 NewsCLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard is searching for three overdue boaters aboard a 22-foot pleasure craft who departed Anclote River Boat Ramp, Fla., Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.

Missing are the operator of the vessel Charles Michael Lyons, 49, Orlando, Fla., resident.

His brother Edward Lyons, 59, Orlando resident.

His friend Mike, last name unknown, age unknown, Orlando resident.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., were notified Thursday evening by another brother of Lyons, who did not go fishing, stating that his brother hadn’t arrived to Anclote River Park Boat Ramp where he was due Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater has launched two HC-130 Hercules aircraft crews to search and the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin is also conducting searches. There has been no sign of the missing vessel or the three men.

The vessel is a 20-foot white center console pleasure craft with a white t-top and grey single outboard engine.

The reporting source stated that the vessel has all required safety equipment on board along with food and water.

If any information of the missing men’s whereabouts is known, please contact the Coast Guard at (727) 824-7506.

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