Coast Guard searching for overdue sailboat with 3 people aboard

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews are searching for three people aboard a 47-foot sailing vessel Monday, after failing to check in to their final destination of Bimini, Bahamas, Sunday.

Search and rescue coordinators at the Seventh District Command Center in Miami received a call from a family member stating the vessel, Hide Away, failed to check in as scheduled Sunday. Charles and Trudy Millburg of Niceville, Fla., and Martha Hinds of Sanibel Island, Fla., reportedly departed Key Largo, Fla., Saturday and were to arrive in Bimini no later than noon Sunday.

Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrews aboard a HU-25 Falcon jet and a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter are searching for the Hide Away.

If anyone has information that can help locate the vessel and its passengers, please contact the District Seven Command Center at 305-415-6800.

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  1. Cynthia Spalding says:

    Last week,(Thursday, February 10th 2009) while cruising back to the U.S. on the ship “Carnival Valor” from St. Martin’s island to Miami, I spotted a red flare (just one) approximately 3 miles from my starboard-side cabin/balcony. I saw a white flash, then a red flare shoot up into the sky from the middle of the ocean (it was too dark and too far away for me to see a vessel). It was dark out, and approximately 8:45PM (est).

    There was another cruise ship in site as well (Freedom of the Seas/Royal Caribbean) approx. 5 miles from our ship (both of us heading north toward our Miami port).

    I immediately went into my stateroom and called the ship’s Purser to report the flare and she said she would call the bridge. I never heard what happened after that, but early the next morning (about 6AM) we saw rescue planes flying low heading south from Miami.

    What was that flare? Was anyone rescued? Why did the Coast Guard wait until the following morning? Was the flare ever reported from our ship’s bridge? Did the other cruise ship also see the flare?

    If you know the ‘rest of the story’ please send me an email at Thank you!

  2. Cynthia Spalding says:

    It was Thursday, February 12th (not 10th) as in statement.