Coast Guard Searching For Missing Sailor near Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Coast Guard, along local agencies, has been searching for a missing 60-year-old sailor in the vicinity of Fort Myers, Fla., since about 10 a.m. Friday.

The Coast Guard received a call from the Cape Coral Police Department at about 10 a.m. Friday reporting that one of their marine units had located an unmanned, adrift 25-foot sailboat in the Caloosahatchee River in Fort. Myers. Using the vessel’s registration number, the Coast Guard identified that it belonged to Stephen G. Nelson, of North Fort Myers, Fla.

The Coast Guard contacted Nelson’s wife who reported that her husband left from their home Thursday to go sailing alone in the Caloosahatchee River. The vessel was located about one and a half miles from their residence with the sail at half mast and a few personal belongings onboard.

Two 33-foot rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, an HH-60 rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, a Lee County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and rescue boat, along with a vessel from the Cape Coral Police Department Marine Unit, are searching the river for Nelson.

It is unknown if Nelson was wearing a lifejacket. The sailboat is in possession of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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