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  • Red Tide Onsite Report from the Gulf

    As confirmation of our earlier posting, Red Tide Spreads Along Gulf Coast, this onsite report of the discomforts of being in the vicinity of red tide comes from our friend, Jeffrey Guttenberger, as posted on AGLCA’s Forum.

    We decided in early July to stay in SWFL and cruise her for the summer, then start the loop in March, 2019. As it turns out, that wasn’t a good plan.
    The fresh waters down here are filled with green/blue algae and the coastal waters all have red tide. We can’t be on the boat because we’re both coughing and sneezing.
    The water down here (Ft. Myers area) is not good.
    Jeffrey and Cathy Guttenberger

     

  • LNM: Lighted Research Buoy, Egmont Channel, Tampa Bay, FL


    This research buoy is between Egmont Key and Mullet Key and appears to be on the southern edge of the Egmont Channel west of the Sunshine Skyway and the West Florida ICW.

    USF College of Marine Science has temporarily placed Tsunami/Earthquake Research Mooring Buoy until approximately January 2019. The buoy is yellow displaying a FL Y 4.5s characteristic in position 27-36.00N/82-45.22W. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of this buoys data gathering function. For further information, contact Jason Law at jlaw@mail.usf.edu at the USF College of Marine Science. Chart 11412 11415 LNM 33/18

  • Red Tide and Green Algae Sickening Floridians and Killing Marine Wildlife

    This report from NBC is important and worth reading! See also Lake Okeechobee Discharge and Red Tide – Can anything be Done?

    Toxic red tide is making Floridians sick — and angry
    Red tides in the Gulf of Mexico and toxic blue-green algae in inland waters are killing animals and stoking outrage in South Florida.
    by James Rainey / Aug.03.2018 / 3:13 PM ET

    Red tide, and the fish it kills, slam into Anna Maria Island
    Bradenton Herald
    Murky brown waves quietly washed dead fish onto empty Anna Maria Island beaches on Monday. Waters in both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay …

    Sarasota grapples with red tide’s effects from YourObserver.com
    Sarasota beaches were inundated with the unpleasant sights and smells associated with red tide this weekend. How does the community deal with the fallout?

  • Good Words for Twin Dolphin Marina, off Tampa Bay on the Manatee River


    Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com

    Twin Dolphin Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. We get lots of praise, like these good words from AGLCA member Kathy Anderson, for this fine marina and their commitment to facility upgrades, see FOCUS ON.

     

    Twin Dolphins marina in Bradenton is in our top 5 marinas from our western 1/2 loop in 2014. Close to downtown which has a Saturday market, and it has a lovely restaurant onsite. It also abuts the river walk which is great for walkers and runners. Plus they have fun Christmas decorations and not far from Siesta Key/Sarasota (except for seasonal traffic). They have a pool, as well as the usual amenities. When we visited on our land vacation this past winter they were making some improvements to some of the docks.
    Kathy Anderson

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  • FOCUS ON Twin Dolphin Marina, off Tampa Bay on the Manatee River


    Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com

    Twin Dolphin Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. We get lots of praise for this fine marina and their year-round community involvement.

     

     

     

    TWIN DOLPHIN MARINA Making Improvements For Boaters’ Enjoyment

    It is encouraging when we see destination marinas investing in the comfort and enjoyment of liveaboards and visiting cruisers alike.

    Speeler & Associates, Inc., removed the older docks at Twin Dolphin Marina and then Gator Dredging did the dredging inside the marina basin.

    Twin Dolphin Marina is located about five miles east of Tampa Bay up the Manatee River in the heart of Bradenton, Florida. The marina is in the final stages of making investments in its facilities to enhance its role in serving boaters and the community as Bradenton’s “anchor marina.” It is ideally located within very short walking distance to the historical area, great restaurants, the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, Village of the Arts, and area shopping. Twin Dolphin Marina is at the western edge of Bradenton’s beautiful Riverwalk with its amphitheater, all adding to a visitors enjoyment. Want to get off your boat for a few days and be just across the street from your vessel, a new hotel is going up close by that will provide additional rooms for visitors coming by land or sea.

     

    East Basin where new docks are being installed.

     

     

     

     

    The marina basin is divided by the historic Memorial Pier, where the popular and on-site PIER-22 restaurant is located. The marina offers 225 slips with floating docks. In order to serve current customers, the marina management is doing the renovations in specific sections to keep disruptions to a minimum. The improvement efforts currently underway involve replacing 144 older slips with new aluminum docks and durable composite non-corrosive decking. The reconfigured east basin will be able to host larger vessels as they will be increasing several slip sizes up to 110 feet. Additionally, modern electrical service for 30, 50, and 100 amps will be in place along with slip pump-outs, potable water and fire suppression protection.

    For sure, Twin Dolphin Marina is one of those marinas with the facilities to offer their customers a full experience while visiting for a few days, several weeks, or making it their home-port.

    As Marina Manager, Cynthia Belfatto, says, “We are so proud of how these improvements will serve our guests and full time residents who enjoy our resort life-style amenities, on-site award winning restaurant, marina pool and captain’s lounge, and beautiful setting along the Manatee River.”

    Whatever criteria you use in choosing ports to visit, Twin Dolphin Marina most likely meets them all and is one destination port-of-call you will want to include in your cruise plans.

    PHOTO GALLERY – Click image to enlarge

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Twin Dolphin Marina

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  • NAV ALERT: LNM: Destroyed GIWW Light 26, Tampa Bay Entrance


    This Gulf Waterway light is on the east side of the north/south channel parallel to the Sunshine Skyway near the Skyway’s northern passageway.

    FLORIDA – GIWW – TAMPA BAY – SUNSHINE SKYWAY CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    Sunshine Skyway Channel Light 26 (LLNR 60435) reported destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation.
    Chart 11416 LNM 20/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Sunshine Skyway

  • David Wirth Named Marina and Port Manager, St. Petersburg Fl, Tampa Bay


    Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350

    St. Petersburg is home to St. Pete Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and a great liveaboard marina located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg.

    Port St. Pete, the only superyacht marina on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and the Municipal Marina, Florida’s largest centrally-located marina, announce the promotion of David Wirth to Marina and Port Manager for the city of St. Petersburg.
    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT from CISION PRWeb

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Petersburg Municipal Marina

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  • NAV ALERT: Rock Obstruction, Seaplane Basin, Tampa Bay, 2/1/2018


    The protected harbor known as Seaplane Basin lies just south of the city of Tampa, on the northern part of Hillsborough Bay.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY – HILLSBOROUGH CUT D CHANNEL – OFF DAVIS ISLAND: Rocks Hazard Davis Islands
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of uncharted rock obstruction creating a hazard to navigation south of the entrance to the Seaplane Basin at Davis Islands, Tampa, Florida. The rocks are located at 27-54.233N / 82-27.403W (27°54.2330N / 082°27.4030W, 27.903883 / -82.456717) . The obstruction reduces the depth at that area from charted 10-11feet to an estimated 4.5feet. Chart 11416 LNM 05/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Seaplane Basin

  • A Fun Reef and Beach Clean-up Event, 9/23-24, Manatee River, Bradenton, FL

    Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by Boaters
    Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com

    Suncoast Aqua-Ventures is a charity non-profit organization that focuses on keeping our beaches, bays and rivers free of debris. The event is hosted by Bradenton Yacht Club and Bradenton is also home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Riviera Dunes and Twin Dolphin.

    CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION on Calling all Scuba Divers, Fishermen, and Land Lubbers…

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bradenton Yacht Club

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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Riviera Dunes Marina Resort

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  • Praise for Gulf Coast Canvas, Bradenton, FL

    If you are in the Bradenton area and have need of canvas repairs, here is a company that can be trusted to do the job correctly.

    We first used Gulf Coast Canvas back around 2008 and they have done all our canvas work ever since. This past week, we needed to have some of our favorite boat and beach chairs repaired and Tom and Sue took them in and did an absolutely perfect job. If anyone is in the Sarasota, Bradenton area and in need of canvas replacement, repair, re-stitch, or even embroidery work, then we highly recommend Gulf Coast Canvas. Call and leave a message and Sue will always get in touch with you. Their work is highly regarded, five star quality.
    Always good to find marine businesses that care about and know about our needs as boaters.
    Thanks to Tom and Sue Helmig.- owners of Gulf Coast Canvas, Bradenton, FL Tele: 941-752-9980
    First Mate Sue

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  • Good Visit to St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, Tampa Bay


    Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350

    St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a great liveaboard marina located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg.

    Overall a nice place to stay. Doug the master is enthusiastic and helpful. Tied up along a T/A Pier. A couple of places are roped off.
    Marina only accepts reservations via Dockwa. No phone reservations accepted.
    Bob McKane

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Petersburg Municipal Marina

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  • LNM: New St. Pete Pier Construction Underway, St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay


    Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350

    The new St. Pete pier will be just north of the current municipal pier and of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg.

    FLORIDA – ST PETERSBURG – TAMPA BAY: St Petersburg Pier Construction.
    Construction of the newly designed St. Petersburg Pier has begun. READ MORE!

    The pier project is located at approximate position 27°46.42’N, 082°37.29’W. There will be several pieces of floating equipment remaining in the water during the period of construction. There will be several barges, a tug boat, safety boat and a work boat. The project will be ongoing for approximately 14 months and expected to be completed approximately August, 2018. For more information contact the Project Senior Superintendent for Skanska USA, Inc. at (704) 622-4070. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11416 LNM 26/17
    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Petersburg Municipal Marina

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  • National Marina Days Celebration at Twin Dolphin Marina, off Tampa Bay on the Manatee River


    Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com

    Twin Dolphin Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. We get lots of praise for this fine marina and their fund raising celebration for youth sailing is typical of the level of community involvement Twin Dolphin Marina exhibits all year long.

    Hello Larry. You probably well know that National Marina Days celebrations are going on now right now. What you may not realize is this: the Twin Dolphin Marina recently hosted a wonderful event that inspired new and seasoned boaters and brought in enough money to send two children to sailing school.

    National Marina Days Celebration at Twin Dolphin Raises Money for Youth Sailing
    READ MORE!

    Twin Dolphin Marina Day Barbecue emphasizes a summer of giving and celebrates boating and on the water fun!

    As part of a nationwide observance, members of the Bradenton area yachting community joined together for a National Marina Days: Summer Of Giving event Saturday at the Twin Dolphin Marina. The event included several raffle drawings to raise funds for the Manatee River Pram Fleet, a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to supporting and promoting the sport of sailing for the youth of Manatee County. Through raffle ticket sales, sponsorships and donations, the Twin Dolphin Marina staff, their members and guests raised the money needed to pay tuition dues in full for two youth sailing scholarships.

    Lisa Fath, Sailing Director for MRPF, said, “Time on the water is always a learning lesson. The Manatee River Pram Fleet teaches kids safety and sailing. We believe a kid on the water is a kid out of trouble!” Fath also thanked the Twin Dolphin Marina staff for hosting the event and for giving the gift of boating to a pair of young sailors.

    The raffles incorporated fourteen different prizes with nautical themes including marine products and services provided by Freundship Marine Inc., Go Rentals, Nicholson Marine Services, Riverwalk Yacht Sales, Subsurface Inc., PIER 22 Restaurant, and the Twin Dolphin Marina. It was a spirited event, which included party games and barbecue provided courtesy of PIER 22 Special Events & Catering. Some first-time visitors to the Twin Dolphin Marina accepted tours of the 225 wet slip facility and others received vessel safety checks compliments of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    Cynthia Belfatto, Harbor Master for the Twin Dolphin Marina, called the event a great success. She went on to say “National Marina Days is a wonderful way to promote boating as a family-friendly leisure activity and a terrific opportunity to remind locals and visitors that Twin Dolphin is the premier resort marina on Florida’s Gulf Coast.”

    About Twin Dolphin Marina
    The Twin Dolphin Marina, located on the picturesque waters of the Manatee River, offers easy access to Tampa Bay and Florida’s Gulf Islands. Lending to its charm, both on the water fun and nearby land attractions are plentiful and include such activities as family-friendly entertainment along the Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton nightlife, performances by the Manatee Players and ongoing exhibits at the South Florida Museum.

    Located only 25 minutes from SRQ Airport and in a protected walled harbor, the Twin Dolphin Marina includes 225 wet slips available for long and short-term stays. Members and visitors alike enjoy resort-style amenities, luxury liveaboard facilities, and award-winning waterfront dining at the PIER 22 restaurant. Other conveniences include a heated pool and spa, barbecue facilities, complimentary WIFI and cable television, an onsite business center and fax services, fuel dock, laundry facilities, and pump-out at slip.

    Docking with Twin Dolphin Marina includes more than great views and high-end accommodations. It’s the friendly and knowledgeable team members that make the difference. Always ready with a smile and continuously working to exceed expectations, Twin Dolphin Marina management and staff provide a memorable riverside experience. For more information, please visit https://www.twindolphinmarina.com

    About The Manatee River Pram Fleet
    The Pram Fleet has a long and rich history in Manatee County going back to the early 1950’s. The fleet is a non-profit educational organization, which relies on donations to continue its programs. The Manatee River Pram Fleet is dedicated to supporting and promoting the sport of sailing for the youth of Manatee County including teaching sportsmanship, responsibility, self-reliance, respect for authority and equipment and the marine environment; while providing an atmosphere of good fellowship.

    Best regards,
    Tabatha Davis
    PIER 22
    Director of Marketing
    941.748.3433 x109

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  • Cocaine Bust in St. Petersburg, FL

    For those of you who still think “not in my backyard!” This epidemic of drugs is so commonplace that it is now genrally ignored.


    News Release
    May 3, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    (305) 965-4672

    Coast Guard offloads $56 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg

    Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, an 87-foot Coast Patrol Boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, offload 1,735 kilograms of cocaine, an estimated wholesale value of $56 million and transfer custody of eight suspected drug smugglers Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. READ MORE!

    The contraband and suspected smugglers were interdicted during four separate cases supporting Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)
    Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, an 87-foot Coast Patrol Boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, offload 1,735 kilograms of cocaine, an estimated wholesale value of $56 million and transfer custody of eight suspected drug smugglers Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. The contraband and suspected smugglers were interdicted during four separate cases supporting Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse) Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, an 87-foot Coast Patrol Boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, offload 1,735 kilograms of cocaine, an estimated wholesale value of $56 million and transfer custody of eight suspected drug smugglers Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. The contraband and suspected smugglers were interdicted during four separate cases supporting Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Kelly Clark) More than 3,825 pounds of cocaine await transfer to federal agents Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. The contraband was interdicted during four separate cases supporting Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)
    More than 3,825 pounds of cocaine await transfer to federal agents Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. The contraband was interdicted during four separate cases supporting Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse) link to photo Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, an 87-foot Coast Patrol Boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, offload 1,735 kilograms of cocaine, an estimated wholesale value of $56 million, and transfer custody of eight suspected drug smugglers to partner federal agencies Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. The contraband and suspected smugglers were interdicted during four separate cases supporting Operation Martillo, a joint interagency and multi-national collaborative effort among 14 Western Hemisphere and European nations to stop the flow of illicit cargo by Transnational Criminal Organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon offloaded approximately 1,735 kilograms of cocaine Wednesday worth an estimated wholesale value of $56 million and transferred custody of eight suspected drug smugglers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

    The contraband and detainees were seized April 12 through April 21 during four separate interdictions by Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Teams (LEDET) aboard several Coast Guard, foreign coalition and partner agency boats in coastal waters along the Central American coastline in support of Operation Martillo.

    The most noteworthy and fruitful interdiction took place April 19 when Coast Guard LEDET personnel embarked on the USS Zephyr (PC 8), a U.S. Navy Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship home ported in Mayport, and coalition forces intercepted 750 kilograms of contraband and five suspected drug smugglers while on patrol in international waters 120 miles south west Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

    The Zephyr, along with the Karel Doorman-class multi-purpose frigate HNLMS Van Amstel of the Royal Netherlands Navy, pursued and Coast Guard LEDET boarded a small panga fishing boat in the Caribbean Sea. The crews found and confiscated 750 kilograms of cocaine, a wholesale value of $22.5 million, and detained the five suspected drug smugglers.

    “Over all, this offload represents our recent success in securing our borders and preventing illegal, regionally destabilizing narcotics from reaching our streets,” said Cmdr. Willy Carmichael, assistant branch chief of Coast Guard 7th District Response Enforcement. “It is truly an interagency and international effort that directly supports the commandant’s Western Hemisphere strategy.”

    The contraband and detainees were transferred and offloaded by the crew of the Cutter Tarpon, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in St. Petersburg.

    These interdictions were part of Operation Martillo, which is one component in the United States government’s whole-of-government approach to countering the use of the Central American littorals as transshipment routes for illicit drugs, weapons and cash. Martillo is an international operation focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Western Hemisphere and European partner nation agencies, to counter illicit trafficking.

    In the five years since its 2012 launch, Martillo has supported the seizure of approximately 693 metric tons of cocaine, $25 million in bulk cash, 581 vessels and aircraft and the arrest of 1,863 detainees, according to the U.S. Southern Command.

    For breaking news, follow us on Twitter @uscgsoutheast.

    -USCG-

  • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Pass-a-Grille north of Tampa Bay


    This shoaling is in the North Channel of Pass-a-Grille Channel north of the entrance to Tampa Bay.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – PASS-A-GRILLE: Shoaling.
    The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling in the vicinity of Pass-A-Grille between Pass-A-Grille Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 25480 [27°40.5250N / 082°44.9422W, 27.675416 / -82.749036]) and Daybeacon 7B (LLNR 25490 [27°40.6919N / 082°44.4790W, 27.678198 / -82.741316]). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 14/17

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  • ALERT: Search Suspended for 2 Swimmers Missing, Pass-a-Grille, St. Pete Beach, North of Tampa Bay


    News Release
    March 16, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    24/hour duty: (305) 965-4672

    Coast Guard suspends search for 2 missing near Pass-a-Grille READ MORE!

    ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended their search Thursday at 7:41 p.m. for two men missing near the Pass-a-Grille channel entrance since Tuesday.

    Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a report Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. from the captain of the Jaguar, a 71-foot yacht, stating Andrew Dillman, 27, from New York, and Jie Luo, 21, from China, were missing from the boat.

    Fifteen college students chartered the yacht for the day. When the yacht anchored at Shell Key, five students, including Luo, reportedly jumped from the boat to swim. The current pulled the students from the boat, and all but Luo were able to make it back to the boat. Dillman, a crew member aboard the yacht, jumped in to rescue Luo and was also separated from the boat.

    “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jie Luo and Andrew Dillman,” said Capt. Holly Najarian, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg commander. “Suspending a search is the most difficult decision I have to make in my position, and despite our best efforts, we were unable to reunite Andrew and Jie with their families.”

    Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducted 39 searches totaling 80 aircraft and surface hours and covering more than 1,577 square miles – an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.

    The incident is currently under investigation.
    March 15, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    Office: (727) 535-1437 ext. 2143
    After Hours: (305) 965-4672

    Coast Guard continues search for 2 missing near Pass-a-Grille

    ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue their search for two males missing near the Pass-a-Grille channel entrance.

    Missing are Andrew Dillman, 27 from New York, and Jie Lou, 21 from China.

    Coast Guard crews and partner agencies have conducted 22 searches over 419 square
    miles.

    “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Andrew and Jie during this difficult time,” said Lt. Jason Holstead, the command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. “We continue work closely with our partners to search for Andrew and Jie; all of us have them and their family in our thoughts and prayers.”

    At 6:10 p.m. Tuesday Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a report from the captain of the 71-foot yacht, Jaguar, stating two males were missing from the boat.

    Fifteen college students chartered the yacht for the day. When the yacht anchored at Shell Key, five students, including Lou, jumped from the boat to swim. The current pulled the students away from the boat, and all but Lou were able to make it back to the boat. Dillman, a crew member aboard the yacht, jumped in to rescue Lou, and was also swept away.

    Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Station St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are actively searching for the missing men.

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