Coast Guard spent $1.6 million on search for 4 missing boaters

Emily Nipps writes in Tuesday’s St. Petersburg Times

ST. PETERSBURG — When four men were reported missing in the Gulf of Mexico Feb. 28, the U.S. Coast Guard launched a three-day search that covered more than 20,000 square miles.

The search required 230 combined hours of Coast Guard aircraft, cutters and a motor life boat.

The cost: $1.6 million.

That figure, which the Coast Guard provided to the St. Petersburg Times on Monday, does not include the cost of the assistance provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Air Force.

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