Coast Guard searching for missing female boater near Anclote Key

PORT RICHEY, Fla. – The Coast Guard is searching for a missing female boater who did not return from a boating trip near Anclote Key, Fla., Sunday.

A good samaritan contacted search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., at about 4 p.m., Sunday, reporting that a unmanned 16-foot sport-craft was found adrift three miles north of Anclote Key with a dog, vessel keys, and a towel aboard. Shortly after the good samaritan contacted Coast Guard officials, the mother of Paula Migliorini, 45, reported that her daughter had not arrived back at her homeport of Dock of the Bay, in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Sector St. Petersburg officials correlated the two reports and began conducting searches.

Members from the Coast Guard Auxiliary along with a 24-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, in Clearwater, Fla., and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater are searching the area for Migliorini.

Members from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Pasco County Sheriff’s Department are also investigating.

Anyone with information regarding Migliorini’s whereabouts is requested to contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at 727-824-7506.

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