Coast Guard searching for overdue boater between Cozumel and Tampa

U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

MIAMI—The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue boater who was reported missing Sunday during a transit from Cozumel, Mexico to Tampa, Florida.

Missing is Grant Neie, 74.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District command center received a report from Neie’s wife stating he was aboard the 38-foot sailing vessel, Nai’a, transiting from Cozumel to Tampa. The vessel is described as a white twinhull sailboat with blue trim and a white sail. The Coast Guard initiated an enhanced group call and a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crew along with a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew is searching.


The Mexican Navy is also searching.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard at 305-415-6800.


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