Search for missing boater from Venice ends without boater being found

Boat found, but search continues for missing boater in Sarasota

ENGLEWOOD (WWSB) - The U.S. Coast Guard has ended a search for a missing 50-year-old boater from Venice.

Todd Battaglino is an avid boater who often goes offshore for recreational purposes. He last communicated with his family around 3pm Monday and was reported missing around 12pm on Tuesday. He launched from Royal Marina in Englewood and was said to be heading out to Stump Pass to fish.

Around 6pm on Tuesday, multiple agencies located his 20′ Parker boat about 15 miles offshore located 20 miles west of Stump Pass Beach State Park, but they did not find Battaglino.

At 6:45pm Wednesday, after 98 hours of searching and around 3,860 square miles searched, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for Battaglino.

“Throughout our search efforts we’ve been in contact with the Battaglino family and we know this is a very difficult time for them,” said Capt. Holly Najarian, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg’s commander. "Suspending a search is the most difficult decision I have to make in my position and despite our best efforts we were unable find Mr. Battaglino.”

Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, FWC, Venice Marine Patrol, and the Charlotte and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Offices, were involved in the search.

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