Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Search Is Suspended

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Search Is Suspended

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MISSING BOATER

The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing North Port boater in Charlotte Harbor on Saturday.

During the last 48 hours the Coast Guard completed 23 separate searches for Jim Winkler, 62. The searches totaled 1,686 miles within an area of 779 square miles in Charlotte Harbor.

"Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Winkler," said Capt. Gregory Case, commander of the St. Petersburg Coast Guard sector. "Suspending a case is never an easy decision to make."

At 12:15 a.m. Friday, watchstanders received a 911 transfer call from Charlotte County Sheriff's Office from a woman stating her husband, Winkler had left the El Jobean boat ramp in the Myakka River around 2 p.m. on a 20-foot flats boat and had not returned. …

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