Coast Guard suspends search for overdue boaters

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews suspended their search Saturday for two overdue boaters, missing since Sunday from a trip to Bimini, Bahamas from Haulover Inlet in Miami.

Richard Alicea and Edwin Pritchard, both Miami residents, left from Haulover Inlet in Miami Saturday en route to Bimini. They were traveling in an 17-foot, center-console style Key Largo pleasure craft. The boat was white with a green-blue stripe.

A family member contacted Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators at Sector Miami Sunday stating Alicea and Pritchard had not arrived at their final destination as expected. The Coast Guard immediately launched a search covering more than 47,000 square-mile area from Miami to Port Canaveral, Fla., out to the Bahamas.

Total Coast Guard assets involved with the search are:

  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla
  • HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crews from Air Station Mobile, Ala.
  • HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Clearwater
  • HU-25 Falcon jet crews from Coast Guard Air Station Miami
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback

“After a long and exhaustive search, investigating every possible lead presented to us, we made the difficult decision to suspend our active search for Richard Alicea and Edwin Pritchard,” said Coast Guard Capt. Drew Pearson, the Seventh Coast Guard District chief of search and rescue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the missing boaters during this extremely difficult time.”

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