Coast Guard Continues Search for Missing Aircraft

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews continue to search Sunday for Harris Sullivan and his missing aircraft, last seen about 50 miles northwest of Nassau, Bahamas, Saturday.

Sullivan, 68, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., went missing after the Federal Aviation Administration reportedly lost radar and radio contact with him Saturday. Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators in Miami were notified at 11 a.m., and immediately launched numerous assets to search. Sullivan was en route to Palm Beach Airport, in West Palm Beach, Fla., from Nassau International Airport.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., located an orange life raft Saturday night approximately 15 miles southwest of the aircraft’s last-know position. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Miami were launched to remain on scene with the life raft until the Cutter Forward arrived. Crews from the Forward launched a small boat to investigate, however there was no one aboard the raft and no markings on the life raft could corroborate it to Sullivan or his aircraft.

A Coast Guard C-130 from Air Station Clearwater and an HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Miami conducted first-light searches Sunday. An Air Force C-130, from the 39th Rescue Squadron and two Air Force HH-60 helicopters, from the 301st Rescue Squadron, all from Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral, Fla., arrived on scene at 11:30 a.m. to help with the search.

The Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va., has searched throughout the night and remains on scene.

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