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U.S. Coast Guard ends official search for missing boater
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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The official search for a missing boater from Atlantic Beach has been suspended.

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The United States Coast Guard issued the following statement overnight Thursday in reference to its attempt to find Peter Rodrigues:

"Despite the exceptional efforts of our many different partner agencies and volunteers from across the region, we made the difficult decision to suspend our search. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rodrigues family during this very difficult time. Tragically, this case highlights the dangers of venturing out on the water alone."

Rodrigues, 57, was last seen Sunday morning when he went out on the water by himself for a fishing trip. His boat was spotted later that day drifting unmanned at Hanna Park with his personal belongings and a GPS on board.

According to police reports, the last known communication he had was a text message to family that he was having some difficulty with his boat's antenna.

The USCG joined forces with multiple agencies from across Florida and searched on the water and in the air for more than 6,700 sq. miles for approximately 130 hours.

Friends and relatives also used their own watercraft.

But Rodrigues, an ex-Navy SEAL and president of a local construction company, has not been seen or heard of since.

Yellow ribbons now line the trees on 11th St. near his home. Authorities do not suspect foul play.


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