Coast Guard Finds Second Body in Search for Missing Florida Family

June 23, 2016 3:01 pm Last Updated: June 23, 2016 3:01 pm

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday afternoon it had recovered a second body at around 11 a.m. that morning during the search for a family of four who went missing in waters near Florida.

The discovery comes just hours after personal items, such as wallets and birth certificates, were found in a bucket by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said the search continues for the other two members of the family. 

“We still have hope they’re out there, we’re still searching. It’s an active search-and-rescue mission,” Coast Guard Sector Commander Gregory Case said Thursday morning, reported NBC News.

A Customs and Boarder Protection aircraft located the family’s sailboat mast about “101 miles offshore” of Fort Meyers, the release stated, adding that “Coast Guard Cutter Alligator is en route to investigate.”

Ace Kimberly, 45, and his three children—Rebecca Kimberly, 17, Donald Kimberly, 15, and Roger Kimberly, 13—were last heard from on Sunday afternoon. They were heading from Sarasota, Fla., to Fort Meyers, Fla., in a sailboat.

Ace phoned his brother to report they had been caught in six-foot waves and were “attempting to survive.”

 

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard dispatched a HC-130 Hercules rescue plane and located a debris field about 37 miles west of Saribel, including “water jugs, tarps, six life jackets, a throwable life ring, a propane tank, a pair of shoes and a basketball,” the Coast Guard stated.

Later in the day, the MH-60 helicopter located the first body about 40 nautical miles west of Saribel. The body was recovered and transported to local authorities for investigation. The second body found Thursday was found 4 miles from the first body.

At 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, a Coast Guard helicopter and response boat reported seeing what crews thought was a flare rising into the air for around 3 seconds. But, “it could be anything … plane light reflections,” Case told NBC.

The Coast Guard later found the Kimberly family’s birth certificates, a GPS, two cell phones, a wallet, cigarettes, a tool box, and a pool noodle. A yellow kayak believed to belong to the family was also discovered, the Coast Guard said.

The search has covered more than 20,000 nautical miles using the Hercules HC-130 plane, the Coast Guard cutter, and two other boats.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of the Kimberly family are asked to contact the Coast Guard in St. Petersburg at 727-824-7506.