After 84-hour search, Coast Guard suspends search for 20 people on boat from Bahamas

U.S. Coast Guard. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) (Matt Cardy, 2016 Getty Images)

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for 29-foot boat missing between the Bahamas and south Florida that didn’t arrive to its destination.

Coast Guard District Seven received a report Tuesday that a blue and white 29-foot Mako Cuddy Cabin vessel, last known to be departing Bimini, Bahamas on Monday did not arrive as expected to its destination of Lake Worth.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies searched approximately 17,000 square miles, roughly double the size of Massachusetts, for about 84 hours, according to the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast.

The search was suspended Friday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing people,” said Capt. Stephen V. Burdian, Seventh District Chief of Response. “I encourage anyone with information about the people aboard to contact us as soon as possible.”

The following agencies were involved in the search:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules aircrew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvel crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered
  • Royal Bahamas Defence Force surface units
  • Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association air assets
  • Patrick Air Force Base air asset

Anyone with information should contact District Seven Command Center at (305) 415-6800.