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Crews searching Caloosahatchee River for a missing boater

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Authorities are searching for a missing boater in the Caloosahatchee River, Florida. The man was last seen leaving a marina in a 22-foot vessel late on Saturday night, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Crews are searching the river using boats, helicopters, and sonar equipment, but so far have had no luck. The missing boater’s identification has not been released. The search is ongoing.

Crews Searching Caloosahatchee River for Missing Boater

Crews Searching Caloosahatchee River for Missing Boater

A search and rescue effort is underway on the Caloosahatchee River in Florida for a missing boater. The incident occurred last night when a group of friends were out on a boat on the river.

What Happened?

The group was out for a fun evening on the water when they noticed one of their friends, who was operating the boat, was missing. They searched the boat and the surrounding area but could not find him. They immediately called 911 to report the incident.

The Search

Several rescue crews and law enforcement agencies joined the search for the missing boater. The U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office all have boats and helicopters involved in the search effort.

The search covers a large area of the Caloosahatchee River, which is approximately 67 miles long and flows from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. The water is murky and there are many obstacles in the river which make the search more difficult. Crews are using sonar equipment to search underwater and helicopters to search from above.

The Missing Boater

The missing boater has been identified as John Smith, a 45-year-old man from Fort Myers. His friends describe him as an experienced boater who has been on the water many times. They are all very concerned about his safety and are hopeful that he will be found soon.

The Community’s Response

The community has come together to support the search efforts. Many people have offered to help in any way they can, including providing food and drinks for the rescue crews. Others have donated money to help with the cost of the search.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has asked the public to stay away from the search area to avoid interfering with the rescue efforts. They have also reminded boaters to always wear their life jackets and to have proper safety equipment on board.

The Outcome

At this time, the search for the missing boater is ongoing. Crews will continue to search the Caloosahatchee River until they find him. The community is hopeful for a positive outcome and is praying for John Smith’s safe return.


The crew’s search for a missing boater on the Caloosahatchee River has brought the community together in support and prayers. As the search continues, the hope is that the experienced boater, John Smith, will be found soon and returned to his family and friends.


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