Coast Guard, partner agencies locate overdue man in Port Richey

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Coast Guard and partner agencies located a missing man in Port Richey, Wednesday.

Cole Torrent, 28, was located by a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit after he was reported overdue on a jet ski Tuesday by his friend. He was transported to Nick’s Park boat ramp where EMS was awaiting and released.

Torrent was separated from the jet ski while wearing his life jacket and swam to a home on stilts for shelter near the mouth of the Pithlachascotee River in New Port Richey.


Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received the initial call from the owner of the jet ski who stated his friend borrowed the ski at approximately 1 p.m. and had not returned.

“This joint effort, search and rescue case features a great message to the public on the importance of wearing a life jacket every time you set out on the water,” said Capt. Matthew Thompson, commander of Sector St. Petersburg.

Agencies involved in the search:

  • Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
  • Coast Guard Station Sand Key
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Pacso County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit
  • Port Richie Police Department
  • Port Richey Fire Department

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