Coast Guard searching for overdue boater near Jensen Beach

65 MiamiMIAMI – The Coast Guard is searching Wednesday for an overdue boater in the Intracoastal Waterway near Jensen Beach.

Missing is Stuart Savanuck, 66.

Savanuck left in a 23-foot beige center-console rental boat from Jensen Beach Boat Rentals, Monday at 10 a.m. heading south to fish and was scheduled to return that afternoon at approximately 5 p.m. A staff member from the Jensen Beach Boat Rentals company contacted watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Miami Monday afternoon to report Savanuck had failed to return.

Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrews were launched at Tuesday at 4:30 a.m. to search a 11,310 square mile search area from Port St Lucie to West End, Bahamas.

Boaters are encouraged to remain vigilant while in the area and to render aid and assistance if necessary. Anyone with information on the location of the missing boater is encouraged to contact the Sector Miami Command Center at 305-535-4472 or on the radio at VHF-FM marine radio channel 16.

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