Water rescue underway for missing boater

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - United States Coast Guard crews are searching for a 49-year-old man who reportedly fell off a boat on Sunday afternoon.

According to officials a witness contacted Coast Guard Sector Saint Petersburg at 4:40 p.m. stating that they had seen a man fall overboard and didn't resurface.

The witness reported that the man had been working on the engine of his 24-foot recreational boat.

The victim was reportedly wearing red shorts without a life jacket, or shirt.

Coast Guard launched a small response boat as well as a Jayhawk helicopter to search for the missing boater.

Eckerd College Search and Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Pinellas County Fire Rescue all dispatched vessels to aid in the search.

Anyone with information is urged to call Coast Guard Sector Saint Petersburg at 727-824-7506.

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