Coast Guard: Body found in debris field

11:56 PM, Feb 24, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTIC BEACH, Florida - A U.S.  Coast Guard helicopter crew located a male body near a large debris field Sunday night in the Atlantic Ocean, about 22 miles east of the entrance to the St. Johns River.

The man's identity is not being released.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aircrew spotted the debris, which included two large pieces of a vessel, 10 life jackets, flares, and an oil sheen.

It is unknown at this time if additional people are in the water or otherwise in distress, but the Coast Guard says it is responding as though there are, and is continuing to search the area.

Anyone with information about the debris field is urged to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville at 904-564-7511.

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