Coast Guard calls off ocean search | News
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The search for additional people near a debris field where a man's body was found in the Atlantic Ocean has been suspended.
The United States Coast Guard suspended the search just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard has searched over the past 40 hours a 2,800 square nautical mile area where the debris and the body of 49-year-old Guillermo Gonzalez Losada were found Sunday night.
"The decision to suspend our search as well as the decisions made throughout our response to this tragic incident have been exceptionally challenging due to the lack of critical information we ordinarily rely on, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Losada's loved ones during this difficult time," said Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Deputy Commander, Cmdr. Russell Holmes in a release. "Unfortunately, many of the questions that arose immediately after we learned of the wreckage remain unanswered."
It is still unknown what caused the boat to break apart or if other people were on board with Losada.
Multiple Coast Guard air and boat crews from Florida and Georgia assisted in the search, according to the Coast Guard's release. The USS Simpson of the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard Cutter Maria Bray of Atlantic Beach assisted with recovering the debris.
Anyone with information regarding Losada, the vessel or the cause of the incident is urged to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville at (904) 564-7511.