Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013
MIAMI - Coast Guard crews are searching for a man who went out on his boat Monday from Fort Myers, Fla., and never arrived in Key West, Fla., as planned.
Missing is Jay Rydberg, 40, of Fairbanks, Alaska.
The Coast Guard received a distress alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon registered to a 39-foot Trimaran called 3/4 Time 30 miles north of Key West earlyTuesday.
Coast Guard watchstanders contacted a friend listed as an emergency contact on the EPIRB. The friend stated that Rydberg had left from Fort Myers on Monday and was due to arrive in Key West Tuesday.
Seventh Coast Guard District watchstanders quickly launched multiple assets including the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin crew, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew, Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew and a Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater.
The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island is scheduled to relieve the Marlin crew.Anyone with information on Rydberg's whereabouts are asked to contact the Coast Guard at 305-415-6800.
The Marlin is an 87-foot Patrol Boat homeported in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West.