FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three boaters and is now searching for a fourth man after a boat sank off Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Coast Guard officials said in a news release they received a call from the crew early Thursday that a 37-foot commercial fishing boat was taking on water and required rescue. Officials arrived at the scene 70 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach and found three men clinging to life jackets and debris, but 63-year-old Dennis Grim was missing.
The search for Grim is under way and has expanded with two boat crews and a helicopter and aircrew.
The three men — James Beeman, Anthony Bertolino and Darren Whalen — have been taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers with hypothermia symptoms.