Coast Guard searching for possible person in the water after unmanned jet ski found

MIAMI -- The crew of a Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., 45-foot Response Boat-Medium patrols off Miami December 21, 2010. The RB-M features twin jet-drive engines and a climate-controlled cabin. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Ameen.

USCG 45 foot RBM file photo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla., after an unmanned jet ski was discovered Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report from a good Samaritan at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, of an unmanned jet ski found adrift one-half mile off of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew launched to search the nearby area along with an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, a Sea Tow boatcrew and a Tow Boat U.S. boatcrew. Several additional good Samaritan vessels are assisting with the search.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) has been issued to alert mariners of a possible person in the water and request local marinas to keep a sharp lookout.

Anyone with information regarding the possible person in the water is asked to contact the Coast Guard at 305-415-6800.

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