Alert: Missing aircraft / search and recovery

Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol is currently engaged in a search & rescue mission near Stuart. A Piper PA-28 single engine aircraft, flying from Marathon, Florida Keys to Vero Beach was reported overdue and missing after failing to reach its destination.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a backpack containing identification and personal belongings of the man piloting the missing aircraft has been located on the beach near the 2300 block of NE Ocean Boulevard between Stuart and Jensen Beach.

The Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force Auxiliary are now calling this a search and recovery effort.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office Air and Marine Units are currently searching the area three miles off shore for any possible debris. One person was reported to be on board. He is from the United Kingdom.

If you spot any type of mechanical debris along our beaches, please call 9-1-1.

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