Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Key Largo

Key Largo, Fla. – Coast Guard personnel are searching for a missing boater in the vicinity of Mosquito Bank, Fla., Monday.

The missing boater, Michael J. Smith of Georgia, rented a 26-foot Angler from Pontunes Boat Rental.

Coast Guard personnel were notified at approximately 6:25 p.m. Sunday that Smith, a 54-year-old male, was overdue. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew, a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement crew, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Key Largo Volunteer Fire Rescue personnel have been, and are continuing to search in the vicinity of Mosquito Bank.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Smith, you are asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Key West operations center at 305-295-9700.

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