Coast Guard Searching for Fort Lauderdale Man

BAYPORT, Fla. – The Coast Guard is continuing its search today for a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., man who was reported missing yesterday from a 46-foot pleasure craft about 75-miles west of Bayport, Fla.

Lindsay Forde, 48, of Ft. Lauderdale, the captain of the vessel, was reported missing to the Coast Guard at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, by vessel owner Michael Swindle, age and hometown unknown. According to Swindle, Swindle had gone below deck and when he went topside again Forde had disappeared.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Clearwater, Fla., arrived on scene at 7:25 p.m. Saturday, and began searching the vicinity for Forde. Coast Guard rescue helicopter crews will continue searching the area today.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., is currently escorting Swindle and the vessel to Tarpon Springs, Fla.

The sea conditions in the vicinity of the search area Saturday were six- to eight-foot seas, 27-knot winds, scattered thunder storms and the water temperature was 87 degrees. The sea conditions are the same today.

Forde is reported to have not been wearing a lifejacket.

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