Coast Guard suspends search for overdue boater, 66, near Jensen Beach

Missing is Stuart Savanuck, 66.

Coast Guard crews suspended their search at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, after covering more than 30,721 square miles between Port St. Lucie and West End, Bahamas.

Savanuck left Jensen Beach Boat Rentals at 10 a.m. Monday in a 23-foot beige center-console rental boat, headed south to fish and was scheduled to return around 5 p.m. Monday. A staff member from the Jensen Beach Boat Rentals company contacted watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Miami Monday afternoon to report Savanuck overdue.

Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce boat crews, Station Lake Worth Inlet boat crews, Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crews, Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews, Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews and members from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission searched for Savanuck.

“Suspending a search is always a difficult decision to make,” said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard 7th District. “Our goal for every search and rescue mission is to find survivors and return them to their loved ones.  We’ll investigate any new leads on this case and resume searching if appropriate.”

Anyone with information on Savanuck’s location is encouraged to contact the Sector Miami Command Center at 305-535-4472  or on VHF-FM marine radio channel 16.

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