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Search continues for Sarasota boater after his boat was found offshore, cops say

Sarasota boater Todd Battaglino was last heard from on Monday, Jan. 7. Multiple agencies are now conduction a search to locate Battaglino.
Sarasota boater Todd Battaglino was last heard from on Monday, Jan. 7. Multiple agencies are now conduction a search to locate Battaglino. Sarasota Sheriff's Office

Authorities continue to search for a Sarasota boater after finding his boat unoccupied miles offshore, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Family members last communicated with 50-year-old Todd Battaglino around 3 p.m. on Monday.

Th sheriff’s office was notified of Battaglino’s disappearance around noon on Tuesday.

He is believed to be operating a Parker 20-foot white boat with a tan t-top and a decal reading FL-0209PY. The boat was found, unoccupied about 15 miles offshore Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to a press release, “Battaglino is an avid boater who often goes offshore for recreational purposes.”

The sheriff’s office patrol and investigations bureaus and the aviation unit are working in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, FWC and Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office in the continued search for Battaglino.

Anyone who has information regarding his recent whereabouts or who comes into contact with Battaglino is asked to dial 911 immediately.

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