Coast Guard searching for overdue fishing vessel near Jacksonville

Coast Guard C-130 file photo

Coast Guard C-130 file photo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard is searching for three fishermen who failed to return to Jacksonville.

The fishermen, including the captain John Zimmerman*, departed from Safe Harbor January 31st in the 34-foot fishing vessel Jessi K.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders received notification at 4 p.m. Wednesday from the vessels owner when the vessel failed to return home Tuesday.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater has been deployed to conduct search patterns.

Anyone with information that can assist in the search is asked to contact Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders at 904-714-7558.

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