U.S. Coast Guard Searching For Missing Boaters From Port Canaveral, Florida

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – The United States Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office are actively searching for two missing boaters who were last seen on Friday, August 16, 2019, around 11:00 a.m.

Brian McCluney and Justin Walker are believed to have traveled in a 24-foot center console heading toward “8A” reef about 30 miles off-shore from Port Canaveral, Florida.

The boaters were expected to return to port from their fishing trip around 6:00 p.m. on Friday.

So far, the boaters have not returned.

Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstanders were notified by a family member of the boaters not returning as expected Friday evening.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders launched assets including a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Canaveral, an HC-130 Hercules search plane from Air Station Clearwater and the Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, an 87-foot Patrol Boat to conduct searches.

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking anyone out on the water who has any information related to the missing boaters to please call the United States Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center at 904-714-7558.

“As always, thank you for partnering with us to help keep everyone in our community safe from harm,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a Facebook post.