Coast Guard continues search for missing jet skier in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard continues its search for the missing jet skier Derek King that was reported missing Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Key West search-and-rescue coordinators received a report Monday evening that King stole a jet ski from Island Watersports at the Westin Key West Resort and Marina where he worked as a mechanic. A vessel 10 miles southwest of Key West reported seeing a person on a jet ski matching King’s description shortly thereafter. King was reported to be wearing black clothes and took a blue colored jet ski. Island Watersports filed a stolen vessel report with the Key West Police.

The Coast Guard responded immediately and has searched a 2,200-square-mile area, roughly the size of Delaware, southwest of Key West throughout Monday night and still continues Wednesday evening.

Units involved with the search include:

  • A Coast Guard Station Key West boatcrew
  • Two HC-130 Hercules aircrews from Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
  • An HU-25 Falcon jet aircrew from Air Station Miami
  • An HH-60 Seahawk helicopter aircrew from Naval Air Station Key West
  • A Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew from the Florida Keys

Coast Guard continues the to search and will have a HH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Station Miami and another HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Clearwater searching throughout Wednesday night.

Anyone with information on Derek King’s whereabouts is requested to call the Coast Guard at 305-295-9700.

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