Coast Guard suspends search for overdue boater near Boca Raton, Fla.

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI – Coast Guard crews suspended their search Thursday evening for an overdue boater missing since Tuesday.

Randall David Ward, 58, from Minnesota departed from the Bahia Mar Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tuesday in a rented 24-foot Hurricane Sundeck boat.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami were notified at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday by a marina employee reporting that Ward, who was due back by 7 p.m., had not returned with the rented boat.

A Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet. Fla., boatcrew was immediately launched and located Ward’s rented boat floating adrift with no signs of Ward.

Coast Guard assets involved with the search were:

  • Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale
  • Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew

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