ATLANTIC BEACH, Florida -- The U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ended their active searches Sunday for a missing Apopka man who never returned from a fishing trip Wednesday night.
Coast Guard crews scoured roughly 13,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Maryland, for Bernardo Enrique Rubio Hernandez, but were unable to find him or his 14-foot boat.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Hernandez during this incredibly difficult time," said Sector Jacksonville Commander, Capt. Tom Allan. "The decision to suspend a search takes extreme consideration and is one of the most difficult decisions a Coast Guardsman is ever faced with."
Although the active search is suspended, the agencies will be on the lookout for any signs of Hernandez or his boat during routine air and water patrols. Anyone who has any information about this incident should call the FWC at 888-404-3922.