Coast Guard searching for overdue boaters near Estero Bay

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo

FT. MYERS, Fla – The Coast Guard, along with partner agencies, are searching Wednesday for two boaters last seen near Estero Bay.

Missing at Joe Nita, 72, and Brian Daugherty, 81, last seen in a 22-ft blue and white pontoon boat rented from Snook Bight Marina.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received notification from a spouse at 8:30 a.m. reporting both boaters did not return from a trip Tuesday. Watchstanders launched a 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew from Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers Beach and a HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater at 10 a.m. to begin searching.

Also searching are crews from Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Cape Coral Police, Bonita Springs Police, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 727-824-7506.


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