Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater near Key West

KEY WEST, Fla. – Coast Guard crews have suspended search efforts for Dorel Zafiu Tuesday pending further information and developements.

Zafiu was reported missing Sunday after he failed to return from a two-day fishing trip that began Sept. 14.

During the course of the search, Coast Guard crews saturated a 7,000-square-mile area from Cape Sable, Fla. to Marquesas, Fla. and an area in the Atlantic Ocean around Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas.

Also assisting with the search were:

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office personnel

If anyone has any information on Zafiu they are urged to contact Coast Guard Sector Key West search-and-rescue coordinators at 305-295-9700.

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