Coast Guard searching for a man in Caloosahatchee River

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing after falling overboard in the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers Florida, Friday.

Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach 29-foot Response Boat-Small, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, and Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews searched through much of the night and began again at first light Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received notification at approximately 8 p.m., Friday from the operator of the dinner-cruise vessel CAPT. JP, stating a male passenger fell into the water not wearing a lifejacket. Searches have been conducted between east of Cape Coral Bridge and west of Highway 41.

Also searching are Florida Fish and Wildlife, Fort Myers Beach Police, and Lee County Sheriff’s officers with underwater side-scan sonar technology.

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