Coast Guard Searching for Missing Tennessee Man

JOHNS PASS, Fla. – Coast Guard crews are searching Friday for Ulyses Didier, a 69-year-old man from Maryville, Tenn., whose 37-foot sailing vessel, Tranquility, was found with no one aboard 65-miles west of Johns Pass, Fla., Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a VHF marine radio call at about 3:15 p.m. Thursday from the master of the vessel Sundancer, stating the Tranquility had a broken rail and appeared to be abandoned. With permission from the Coast Guard the Good Samaritan boarded the Tranquility to investigate.

The Good Samaritan could not locate anyone aboard the vessel, and noted the last entry in Tranquility’s log was dated Oct. 15. The entry indicated Didier was going to anchor that day. The log also showed Didier was transiting the vessel from its homeport of Panama City, Fla., to Tampa, Fla.

Search and rescue coordinators immediately launched two HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk to search for Didier. A C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft from Air Station Clearwater is searching today.

The Cutter Hawk is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg.

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