Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boater Near Soldier Key

MIAMI (CG Public Affairs) – Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Sector Miami suspended search efforts for Marcos Arguelles, a 67-year-old boater who went missing Wednesday.

“The decision to suspend a search is very difficult when someone is still missing at sea,” said Capt. Karl Schultz, commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr.Arguelles during this difficult time.”

A family member contacted search and rescue coordinators around midnight Wednesday to report that Arguelles failed to return from his boating trip.

Upon notification, SAR coordinators immediately launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami to conduct a search of the area. The crew located Arguelles’ empty 22-foot pleasure craft near Soldier Key in Miami.

Searchers included crews from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Miami and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with vessels from FWCC, Biscayne Bay Park Rangers, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and Coral Gables and Miami Marine Units. Searchers exhausted a more than 300-square-mile area searching for Arguelles.

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  1. Mike G says:

    My heart goes out to the Arguelles Family, Mike, Marcos, and their father, who just lost his wife and brother(Marcos Arguelles). It is a tragic and painful situation, but, as a family we will get through this!!!

  2. George Rudy says:

    As neighors of Marcos and his family we miss him dearly and hope that he will turn up. He has always been a great help to us and a wonderful person to know and talk to. The Rudy family extends our prayers and hopes to Marcos and his family.