Coast Guard conducting massive search for missing boater

MIAMI – Coast Guard aircrews are conducting a massive search from Miami to Slidell, La., Saturday for a 69-year-old man aboard the 45-foot sailing vessel, Sun Song, who has not properly checked in with family members during his voyage.

A family member contacted the Coast Guard District Seven Command Center in Miami Wednesday to report Robert Jackson Jr., had not been heard from since March 1 when he was off the coast of Fort Pierce, Fla. Jackson, an experienced sailor, departed from St. Augustine, Fla., Feb. 25, and was en route to his new home in Slidell. Jackson was last seen near the Cape Florida Light, off Miami March 3 when he rendered assistance from Tow Boat U.S. after running aground.

Coast Guard units currently searching for Jackson are:

  • C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircrew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
  • HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Air Station Miami.
  • HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Al.

If anyone has information that can help search and rescue coordinators locate Robert Jackson, Jr., please contact the District Seven Command Center at 305-415-6800.

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