Coast Guard responding to sunken vessel northeast of Carysfort Reef Light

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews are responding to a report of a sunken vessel with possible persons in the water approximately three miles northeast of Carysfort Reef Light, Fla., Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a report at approximately 1 p.m. Monday from the crew of the sailing vessel Chesapeake of a partially submerged 35 to 40-foot vessel with a black and white top off Carysfort Reef Light. In addition, they stated there was various debris floating in the water, including life jackets and seats.

A Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Air Station Miami was diverted, a smallboat crew from Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Fla., and a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew were launched. All searches yield negative results.

A subsequent Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 aircrew is currently searching and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak was launched to assist with the search.

If anyone has any information about the vessel or its possible crew, please contact the Seventh Coast Guard District command center at 305-415-6800.

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