Coast Guard searches for Delray Beach woman missing at sea

Isabella Hellmann disappears after catamaran takes on water; husband rescued

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
U.S. Coast Guard/Signature International

Isabella Hellmann disappeared during a sailing trip near Cay Sal, Bahamas. The catamaran was later found overturned in the Florida Straits.

MIAMI - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Delray Beach woman who disappeared during a sailing trip near the Bahamas.

Isabella Hellmann was last seen about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The Coast Guard said Hellmann's husband, Lewis Bennett, was rescued from a life raft about 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas.

Bennett said he was on his 37-foot catamaran, "Surf into Summer," when it struck an unknown object, causing it to take on water. The 41-year-old man told the Coast Guard that he abandoned the catamaran and couldn't find his wife.

The catamaran was later found overturned in the Florida Straits.

Hellmann is a real estate agent at Signature International Real Estate in Delray Beach.

A Coast Guard news release said rescue crews have searched more than 3,400 square miles by air and boat as of Tuesday morning.

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