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Second body, sailboat mast found in search for missing family out of Sarasota

The Coast Guard says it has found a second body and a sailboat mast in the search for a missing family last seen aboard a 29-foot sailboat near Englewood.

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

A search began Tuesday and a debris field was located about 30 miles off Sanibel Island.

According to the Coast Guard, the second body was recovered shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, four miles southeast of location of first body. A sailboat mast was also found 101 miles offshore Fort Myers. The Coast Guard is en route to investigate.

During a news conference today, Coast Guard Captain Greg Case said some additional items have been found in the debris zone.

Case said a yellow kayak was recovered early Thursday, in addition to a bucket found containing birth certificates, a GPS, wallets, a cell phone, cigarettes, a pool noodle and a tool box.

Case said the items were found just after 8 a.m. about six miles west of where the body was found Wednesday.

A Coast Guard helicopter and plane reported seeing a possible flare for a few seconds around 3 a.m. in the search area. Crews are continuing to use a combination of planes and helicopters and boats today as the weather continues to be favorable.

"This is still an active search," said Case, Commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. "Although it is a dire situation. We will continue to use all available resources."

The sailboat was pulling two kayaks, officials said. The first kayak was recovered Wednesday.

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.

Case says Kimberly's brother alerted the agency on Tuesday.

The Coast Guard asks mariners to keep a sharp lookout and contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727) 824-7506 with any information.

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