(News-Press.com) - With a search for a missing sailor in the Gulf of Mexico coming up empty, the Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shut down the operation about noon Wednesday.
Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach personnel received a report via radio from a man stating he was taking on water aboard a 22-foot white sailing vessel a mile west of Sanibel Island about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The unidentified man, who said he was wearing a life jacket, reported his boat had capsized before he lost communications with the Coast Guard.
A helicopter from the Clearwater Coast Guard Air Station and a response boat from the Fort Myers Beach station joined with personnel from the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife to search for the man.
Search crews combed areas in Fort Myers Beach, San Carlos Bay, the Caloosahatchee River and Pine Island.
On Wednesday, Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Wildlife Commission, said the searchers didn't find any indication of a missing boat or person.
"We can't find anything on the water," Morse said. "There have been no calls reporting someone's missing."
Michael De Nyse, a spokesman with the Coast Guard, said the agency also ended operations. Anyone with information is asked to call the Coast Guard at 727-824-7506 or local police.