The Coast Guard is searching for a 77-year-old man aboard the sailing vessel Mariah between Boca Grande and Panama City, Florida.
The missing sailor is Craig Neus, from Panama City, according to the USCG. His last known wheareabouts were on Nov. 4 when he made a purchase at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.
He has been sailing a 32-foot beige two-masted Bristol since June. He started from Baltimore, Md., with the intention of finishing his voyage in Panama City.
Bridge tenders north of Boca Grande do not have any reports of Neus’ sailing vessel having passed under their bridges.
Neus’ family have reported that he might have gone further west into the Gulf of Mexico than he had originally intended.
The Coast Guard are using C-130 Hercules aircraft crews from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater along with HC-144 Casa aircraft crews from Air Station Miami and crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat home-ported in St. Petersburg.
If you or someone you know has any information regarding the wherabouts of Neus, please contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 727-824-7506.
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