Search underway for missing boater near Egmont Key
By WFLA.com web staff
Photo courtesy Manatee Sheriff's Office
ST. PETERSBURG, FL -
The Coast Guard is searching for a man who was boating near Egmont Key.
Patrick Mullins' boat has been located, but he was not aboard. The Coast Guard says his 14-foot boat was found adrift, between Egmont buoys 9 and 10. Mullins' family says he didn't return home when they expected.
The Coast Guard is using two boats from its St. Petersburg station, along with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a HC-130 Hercules plane based in Clearwater. The Coast Guard Cutter Marlin and crews from Florida Fish and Wildlife, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, and Eckerd College Search and Rescue team are also searching for Mullins.