Coast Guard finds boater’s body near Cedar Key, call off search for second


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — The Coast Guard has found a man’s body after searching for a pair of missing boaters in the area of Cedar Key for over 60 hours.

The Coast Guard said Sunday they found the body of 33-year-old David Savioe. Hours later, the Coast Guard called off the search for 39-year-old Michael Sedor. Both went missing after their boat, the “Dog House” sunk off the coast of Cedar Key.

“One of the toughest parts of the job is suspending search and rescue efforts, and we do not make this decision lightly,” said Capt. Matthew Thompson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.

The search began after a good Samaritan told Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg about debris in the water at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Since then, Coast Guard crews covered more than 1,332 nautical miles while looking for the two boaters.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and loved ones of David,” said Capt. Matthew Thompson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “Our rescue crews have been diligently continuing the search and rescue efforts to find Michael.”

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