Coast Guard, partner agencies search for 74-year-old man near Big Pine Key

Coast Guard Station South Padre Island 33-Foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo by PA2 Adam Eggers.

Coast Guard 33-Foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo by PA2 Adam Eggers.

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for John Gyurtsak, 74, from Big Pine Key after he was reported overdue, Tuesday.

Gyurtsak was last seen in his 34-foot pleasure craft, Thermocline, departing from Big Pine Key, Monday prior to 2 p.m.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a report from Gyurtsak’s friend stating he’s overdue after failing to meet him Tuesday at 9 a.m. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine unit located Gyurtsak’s boat anchored with the engine running approximately 1 mile south of Big Pine Key.

Crews involved in the search include:

  • Coast Guard Station Key West 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew
  • Coast Guard Station Marathon 33-foot SPC—LE crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans (WPC-1110) crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Pelican (WPB-87327) crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane crews
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew
  • U.S. Navy MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter crew
  • FWC marine and dive units
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office


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