Coast Guard searching for missing for fisherman off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard rescue crews are searching Monday for a missing fisherman in waters just off “Caza y Pesca” Beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Missing is Pedro R. Lavezarri a 61 year-old man resident of Arecibo, who reportedly was free diving when he was last seen.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan were initially contacted by Puerto Rico Emergency Management personnel at 7:21 p.m. Sunday, who reported Lavezarri was last seen in the water at 1 p.m. Saturday and that his vehicle remained parked in the area.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser (WPC-1116) to the area to search. They also notified transmitted an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to advise boaters in the area of the situation.

Coast Guard assets involved in the search are:

MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Boriquen
Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser

Anyone with any information on this case should contact the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at 787-289-2041.


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