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Daughter: Overdue Bradenton boater is 'very experienced'

MIAMI — As of this morning, Coast Guard crews still were trying to determine the whereabouts of an overdue Bradenton fishing charter captain, Glen David Brandt.

Brandt, 48, departed from the Nassau Harbour Club Marina in the Bahamas on May 9, and was scheduled to make a refueling stop in Marathon, in the Florida Keys, on May 15, according to a news release.

Family members notified the Coast Guard on May 19 that Brandt had not yet arrived.

The Coast Guard responded immediately by issuing an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and requested the assistance of Bahamian officials and nearby mariners in keeping an eye out for Brandt, according to the news release.

Brandt was sailing a 46-foot white hull, blue canvas top pleasure craft named Genesis.

Brandt’s daughter, Lauren, said this morning that her father has a fishing charter business and took clients to the Bahamas. After completing the charter, he told his family he was leaving the island to return to his home in Palmetto.

Lauren Brandt said her father, a Southeast High School graduate, has been running his charter fishing for 12 years, and has had a boat for much longer.

“He’s very experienced so we don’t know what happened,” she said.

Anyone with information about Brandt’s whereabouts can call the Coast Guard at (305) 415-6800.

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