Boston Maritime Trial Lawyers Look at Boater Identified in Wreckage on Florida Coast
On February 24, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission research team searching for right whales east of the mouth of the St. Johns River spotted boat wreckage floating in the Atlantic Ocean about 22 miles east of Jacksonville. According to the Florida Times-Union, the crew notified the US Coast Guard, which joined the search and later located the body of a 49-year-old man later identified as Guillermo Gonzalez Losada. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jessica Potter said that Losada was not wearing a life preserver, and he had not been there long, “considering the good condition of his body and pieces of wreckage.” Losada was found with a Venezuelan passport, and the debris included two large pieces of the boat along with 10 life vests, flares, a lifesaving ring and splintered wood. The Coast Guard was unable to identify the vessel, and it was unclear where Losada was from originally or if he still lived in Florida although his last known residence was in Miami.
“I’ve never had a case with this much unknown,” Potter told the Times-Union. “The boat is here and no one knows how it got run over or how it exploded.”
The Times-Union reported that there was no match to any Mayday calls for help or missing boat cases, and the boat had no emergency beacon notification that it had gone down. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lauren Jorgensen said that even if the boat had a foreign registration, electronic notification systems that would send out a beacon in the case of an emergency are registered internationally. “There were no distress calls, no overdue boaters,” Jorgensen said.
An investigation by the US Coast Guard will try to determine the cause of boat wreckage. The US Coast Guard will examine the debris and wreckage to try to determine what the cause was. Additionally, the US Coast Guard will try to determine if any other boaters were in the vicinity or saw the vessel at anytime.
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