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Coast Guard finds debris in search for missing family on sailboat out of Sarasota

The Coast Guard is still searching for a father and his three teen children aboard a missing 29-foot sailboat near Englewood.
The Coast Guard is still searching for a father and his three teen children aboard a missing 29-foot sailboat near Englewood.

The Coast Guard is still searching for a father and his three teen children aboard a missing 29-foot sailboat near Englewood.

Coast Guard officials said during a news conference on Wednesday that a debris field has been located about 30 miles off Sanibel Island. Among the items found were six life vests, water bottles, a tarp, a propane tank and a basketball.

Also located; two kayaks that were attached to the back of the boat.

Coast Guard officials said Ace Kimberly, 45, his 13 and 15-year-old sons, and 17-year-old daughter were last heard from Sunday morning.

On Tuesday, Coast Guard officials in St. Petersburg received a report from a concerned family member of the missing sailors stating the family left Sarasota at 7 a.m. Sunday en route to Fort Myers to repair the sailboat.

Later Sunday, Kimberly called his brother and stated the sailboat was in a storm, in 6-foot seas and that he was attempting to survive with his children offshore of Englewood.

The Coast Guard launched searches by air and boat from Fort Myers on Tuesday to find the sailboat.

Coast Guard officials are fanning out from the debris site, using computer models to determine where the family may have drifted.

”We're continuing the search," said USCG Capt. Gregory Case. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families. We know this is a difficult time for them and we are doing everything we can and throwing everything we have at this search at this time."

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