Port Canaveral, Florida – The US Coast Guard has announced it will suspend the search for two first responders who set out last Friday morning on a fishing trip and who haven’t been heard from since.
Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstanders were notified by a family member of the boaters not returning as expected Friday evening.
Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders launched assets including a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Canaveral, an HC-130 Hercules search plane from Air Station Clearwater and the Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, an 87-foot Patrol Boat to conduct searches.
McCluney’s wife told CNN affiliate WKMG that the boat has had mechanical problems in the past.
McCluney was a navy veteran who has sea training, survival training through the Navy, according to his wife.
Tuesday, authorities found a tackle bag belonging to Brian McLuny 50 miles east of St Augustine off the Florida coast.
The search covered thousands of miles and included citizen volunteers.