Coast Guard ends search for person in the water near Destin, Florida

USCG MH-65 File Photo

USCG MH-65 File Photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard ended its search for the person in the water near Destin, Florida, Tuesday.

The Coast Guard used eight assets in conjunction with local agencies to search approximately 569 square miles over 41 hours.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a request for assistance at 12:41 p.m. Sunday from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s in the search for a man who entered the water after he and another man were ejected from a 20-foot center console vessel after a reported malfunction. The vessel reportedly continued running in circles and struck the missing individual.

Involved in the response were:

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
Coast Guard Station Destin 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew
Coast Guard Station Destin 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew
Coast Guard Auxiliary aircrew
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
Florida Wildlife and Fisheries
Eglin Air Force Base Special Ops Dive Team

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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