Coast Guard suspends search for man near Boca Raton Inlet

Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Parrinello.

MIAMI — Coast Guard crews suspended the search for Wonny Kerr, Tuesday, who was reported as missing on Friday approximately 1.5 miles north of Boca Raton Inlet.

Coast Guard Sector Miami command center watchstanders received initial notification from Boca Raton Police Department 911 dispatcher, Friday at approximately 11:30 p.m. stating there was one missing person from a capsized vessel off Boca Raton Inlet. BRPD was notified by a good Samaritan who rescued five of the six people from the capsized vessel.

Coast Guard crews searched approximately 110 total asset hours and an area of about 4,337 square miles, roughly the size of Connecticut.

“Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Kerr,” said Capt. Jo-Ann F. Burdian, Commander Coast Guard Sector Miami. “The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is never one we come to lightly.”

Coast Guard and partner agencies involved in the search include:

  • Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale
  • Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • Coast Guard Cutter William Flores
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission surface and air assets
  • Boca Raton Police Department divers and side scan sonar
  • Boca Raton Fireboat

If you have any further information on this case, please reach out to the Sector Miami Command Center at 305-535-4300.

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