Coast Guard responding to multiple flares off the coast of New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard is responding to multiple flares approximately 10 to 30-miles off the coast of New Smyrna Beach.

The Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Fla., operations center received a call from a good Samaritan at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, who reported witnessing two red flares in the vicinity of Ponce de Leon Inlet, Fla. An additional nine flares have been reported by both Coast Guard crews on scene and good Samaritans.

The following assets have searched or are searching:

  • A 47-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet
  • The crew of the Miami based 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin
  • An HU-25 fixed wing air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • An HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga.
  • An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

If you have any information that can assist rescue crews, please notify the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville operations center at (904) 564-7512.

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