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U.S Coast Guard suspends search for boater who went missing near Alligator Point

Posted at 10:52 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 10:54:42-04

ALLIGATOR POINT, Fla. (WTXL) — After four days, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a boater who went missing near Alligator Point following a fatal accident.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for 46-year-old Darren Peterson, who's from Montrose, Colorado. They have suspended the search after searching more than 5,862 square-nautical miles over the course of 4 days.

“On behalf of the Coast Guard, it’s our solemn duty to report the search for Mr. Darren Peterson has been suspended.” said Lt. Cmdr. Corrie Sergent, the search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “We diligently searched with our pilots, boat forces, cutter crews and partner agencies in the water, in the air, and on land but, unfortunately, were unable to locate him. The decision to suspend a search is never easy and our thoughts go out to Mr. Peterson’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

They say three individuals were on board of a 49-foot Cary Marine vessel when it sank off of Alligator Point.

FWC says Wallace Rogers, a 62-year-old man from Little Rock, Arkansas, was the person who died when the boat sank. Beaumon Rogers, a 60-year-old man from Madisonville, Louisiana, was the person who was rescued then taken to Tallahassee memorial Hospital.