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Updated: 2:20 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 | Posted: 6:14 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
By Gene Wexler
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. —
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the First Coast waters for possible survivors after a man’s body and two pieces of a vessel were found about 22 miles east of the entrance to the St. Johns River.
The body was found Sunday shortly after 6:00 p.m. Along with the body and the vessel pieces, the Coast Guard says they found ten life jackets, flares and oil sheen.
“Unfortunately we have not been able to answer any of the questions from yesterday,” says Coast Guard spokeswoman Lauren Jorgenson on Monday morning.
She tells WOKV they cannot identify the vessel from the pieces they found because they don’t have any distinguishing marks or numbers on them.
And despite the life jackets they found, there’s no indication of how many other passengers there were, if any.
“Often times vessels will carry more life jackets than they have people on board,” Jorgenson says.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Jessica Potter told WOKV at 2pm the small boat crews are done searching for the day. Two Cutters are still searching the waters this afternoon. Potter says they have not been able to notify the next of kin. We know the person who was discovered dead was not from Jacksonville. He had a passport that was not from the United States. Potter says the Coast Guard has reason to believe other people were on the boat but they still have not found any evidence to prove that. Anyone with information about the debris field is urged to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville at 904-564-7511.
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