LONGBOAT KEY (WWSB) - The U.S. Coast Guard is calling off their search on Longboat Key due to no reports of a missing person being made.
Mother’s Day is back to normal on LBK after Longboat Key Police received a call around 11:40 a.m. about a possible missing swimmer. Around 11:55 a.m. agencies began their search with no reported description of the swimmer, only that he possibly had dark hair.
ABC7′s Russ Yodice spoke with Deputy C. Krajick Longboat Key Fire Rescue and he told us several reports indicated a man was spotted in the water in apparent distress and no one saw the man come back on shore.
Around 12:00 p.m. the Sarasota County Helicopter, five marine boats, and Coast Guard joined the search. Around 1:00 p.m. Manatee County Helicopter joined the search and still no one was reported missing. ABC7′s Francesca Constantini tells us there were no articles found unattended along the beach in a quarter mile from the surrounding area.
Deputy Krajick said the callers who saw the possible swimmer said he was “way out there [in the water]”, appeared to be “bobbing up and down” and at one point waving his arms and no one saw him comeback up to the shore. Krajick said the rip tide was pretty significant and if the search continued with no findings, local authorities will turn this over to the US Coast Guard.
Longboat Key Police turned the search over to the U.S. Coast Guard around 2 p.m. and there will still no reports made of a missing person. After much consideration, the U.S. Coast Guard decided to call off the search due to no reports being made around 3 this afternoon.
“We will be checking the Atlas Road parking lot for any vehicles this evening which may give us any indication, and obviously waiting for any reports of [a] missing person," said Chief Cummings of Longboat Key Police.
No age was given to the police department about the possible missing swimmer. Police also spoke to nearby residents to see if anyone was missing a family member and no reports have been made.