Coast Guard searches for missing Sarasota boater

SARASOTA -- The U.S. Coast Guard commenced a full search and rescue effort in the Gulf of Mexico at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a missing Sarasota boater.

Christopher J. Macquarrie, 58, left a message with a friend that he was taking his 26-foot boat out into deep water and would return around 8 p.m. Monday, July 12. Macquarrie has not returned.

Family members and friends have not heard from him. There is no evidence of foul play or suspicious activity at this time, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. The number on Macquarrie's open console boat: HHN FL3292GM.

If Macquarrie is located, the Sarasota Sheriff's Office is asking that it be notified.