Coast Guard, local agencies searching for person in the water near Destin, Florida

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a person in the water near Destin, Florida, Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a request for assistance at 12:41 p.m. 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.

The missing individual is a 40-year-old male with red hair who was last seen wearing a red shirt and grey shorts.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s response crews rescued the other man in stable condition.

Involved in the search are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews
  • Coast Guard Station Destin 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office vessels, helo and dive teams
  • Florida Wildlife & Fisheries crews

Anyone with more information is requested to call Sector Mobile at (251) 441-6211.


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