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Memorial service scheduled for missing Bradenton boater

LONGBOAT KEY — Family members are planning services for a 20-year-old Bradenton man who went over the bow of a fishing boat late last week 10 miles off Longboat Key.

The search for Michael Taylor was suspended Friday night by the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Coast Guard began searching for Taylor after he fell off of a 43-foot commercial stone crab boat belonging to a friend, the Cindy Lee, just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Susan Taylor, who raised Taylor, said his brother, 21-year-old Anthony, had just taken the wheel as Michael went overboard.

According to Coast Guard reports, Taylor never resurfaced.

A memorial service for Taylor has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Longboat Pass on the bay side, she said.

The family is requesting people who attend wear board shorts and flip flops in his honor.

The incident remains under investigation.

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