Search for 3 continues after plane goes missing near Tampa

Sunday morning Jasper Jerrels, 65, his 17-year-old son and 60-year-old Hue Singletary took off from Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport on bound for Cedar Key, where they were going to have lunch, Coast Guard officials said.

A male's body was found near Cedar Key during the search for the single-engine plane that has been missing since Sunday, according to Bay News 9.

Crews from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Levy County Fire and Rescue, and Cedar Key Fire and Rescue are assisting in the search. Sector St. Petersburg Cmdr. The plane last appeared on radar about 7 miles south of the island at 11:06 a.m. Sunday, according to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Colocough says, initially, two helicopter crews from Air Station Sitka, and two boat crews from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan were deployed.

"We are saturating a search area of about 200 miles that encompasses Nichols Passage and Tongass Narrows as well as the entrance to George and Carroll Inlets with two helicopter crews and two boatcrews to locate the two people missing", said Coast Guard Lt. Kailee Evereteze in the press release.

The Coast Guard Cutter Maple was expected to arrive on scene Monday morning.

"We are hopeful daylight is going to help us tremendously to try and find some evidence", Brown said.

  • Larry Hoffman