Unmanned paddle boat spotted by Carnival Fantasy; Coast Guard searching for possible passengers

Paddleboat spotted off coast of St. Augustine

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Coast Guard officials are searching for the possible passengers of a paddleboat that has been found floating off St. Augustine.

The unmanned yellow boat was spotted Monday nearly 60 miles east of the northeast coast of Florida. A coast guard statement says watchstanders at its Jacksonville command center received the report from the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy in the morning.

A helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah, Ga., was dispatched a short time later along with members assigned to Coast Guard Station Mayport in Jacksonville, which launched a response boat.

Anyone with information about a missing paddleboat is urged to contact the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center at 904-564-7511.

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