Missing boater off Flagler Beach, Fla., swims safely to shore

7th Coast Guard District NewsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The joint search and rescue effort of a missing sail boat captain off the coast of Flagler Beach, Fla., is over after the missing boater swam safely to shore Tuesday.

Brian Jeffery Oliver, 45, of St. Augustine, Fla., was reported missing in the Atlantic Ocean approximately two-miles east of Flagler Beach, Monday, after falling overboard from the 22-foot sailboat Cedar Roost.

The Coast Guard was notified by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 12:20 a.m., Tuesday, that Oliver was located at a local beach resort after swimming approximately two-miles to shore.

Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville were notified via a mayday distress call of a man overboard at 4:49 p.m., Monday, from a passenger aboard the 22-foot sail vessel Cedar Roost. The report indicated that a rogue wave had knocked Oliver overboard. Two boaters remained aboard the Cedar Roost at the time of the incident.

A Coast Guard rescue boat crew transported the remaining boaters to Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. The Cedar Roost is currently anchored off the coast.

The Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the search.

Search and rescue crews include:

  • Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon inlet 47-foot motor lifeboat
  • Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet 25-foot Response Boat-Small
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HH-60 Jayhawk Rescue Helicopter
  • The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Flagler County Sheriff’s Office


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