Coast Guard suspends search for man near Ft. Lauderdale Beach

MIAMI – The Coast Guard suspended the search for Guma Aguiar, at 8:57 p.m. Thursday, after rescue crews searched for more than 70 hours.

Aguiar was first reported overdue Tuesday night, and his boat was found aground on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Fla., early Wednesday morning.

Coast Guard crews worked alongside members of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Broward County Sheriff’s Office and Ft. Lauderdale Police Department to search for Aguiar.

Rescue crews saturated a search area of approximately 1,523 square miles, an area roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island.

“The Coast Guard and our partner agencies searched tirelessly despite inclement weather in hopes to find Aguiar,” said, Capt. Todd Lutes, 7th Coast Guard District chief of Inncident Management Branch. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.  It’s important that boaters remember that wearing and maintaining safety equipment like life jackets and personal electronic position indicating radio beacons can not only save your life but expedite your rescue.”

The following crews and agencies assisted in the search:

  • Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • A HC-144 Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Air Station Miami
  • Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, an 87-foot Patrol boat homeported in Miami
  • Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin, an 87- foot Patrol boat homeported in Fort Pierce, Fla.
  • Coast Guard Station Lakeworth Inlet, Fla., rescue boatcrews
  • Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale rescue boatcrews
  • Broward County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fort Lauderdale Police Department
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact local police.

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