Coast Guard continues search for missing boater

Coast Guard 8th District News
NEW ORLEANS —The Coast Guard continues the search for a man who reportedly did not arrive at his final destination following a sailing trip in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday.

Missing is Allan Marriotte, 63.

The Coast Guard has searched approximately 36 hours and a total of 27, 816 square miles, an area larger than West Virginia.

Assets currently searching are:

A Coast Guard HC-130 aircraft and crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla.;

A Coast Guard HC-144 aircraft and crew from Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received an overdue vessel report from Chuck Rumsey at approximately 7 a.m., Tuesday, reporting that Marriotte was on a sailing trip aboard the Fairwind, a gray 40-foot sailing vessel, that departed from Pensacola, Fla., May 26, 2011. Marriotte was expected to have already arrived in either Tarpon Springs, Fla., or St. Petersburg, Fla.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) was also issued to mariners to maintain caution in the area.

Anyone with information about Marriotte should call the Coast Guard command center at (504) 589-6225.

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