Coast Guard plans briefing on missing Florida family

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Posted: Jun 23, 2016 8:26 AM
Coast Guard plans briefing on missing Florida family

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard plans to give an update Thursday morning on the search for a missing family last seen on a 29-foot sailboat off Florida's southwest coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

Search crews found one body on Wednesday afternoon near a debris field that Coast Guard officials said was from the boat that Ace Kimberly apparently lived on with his children — Roger, 13, Donny, 15 and Rebecca, 17. The family had been living on the boat in Sarasota Bay and became missing during a trip to Fort Myers to have the vessel repaired.

Coast Guard officials didn't identify the body. The news briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT Thursday in St. Petersburg.

The family left Sarasota on Sunday and Capt. Gregory Case said Kimberly contacted his brother that afternoon, saying they were caught up in "6-foot waves and thunderstorms." The brother reported them missing on Tuesday and the Coast Guard immediately launched search crews by air and sea.

On Wednesday, crews flying over the Gulf spotted the debris field some 33 miles off the coast. They said items recovered included six life jackets, water jugs and a propane tank. Case said the agency contacted a nearby boater who collected the items from the water and held them for a Coast Guard boat to pick up.

The Coast Guard is continuing to search for the other three family members.