Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SARASOTA, Fla.) — A second body was recovered Thursday as the Coast Guard continued searching for four family members who disappeared Sunday in 6-foot seas off the western coast of Florida.
The first body was found Wednesday in the search area in the Gulf of Mexico. The two bodies were found 4 miles away from each other, but neither has been identified.
A bucket with a wallet and a GPS device was found 5 miles from the first body, the Coast Guard said.
A sailboat mast was also recovered Thursday, 101 miles offshore from Fort Myers, Florida, which was the family’s planned destination.
The Coast Guard began searching Tuesday for Ace Kimberly and his teenage children — Rebecca, Donald and Roger — after a concerned relative contacted authorities.
Kimberly’s brother told the Coast Guard that the four family members had at least seven life jackets on their 29-foot sailboat, on which they live. They were towing two kayaks when they left Sarasota, Florida, at 7 a.m. Sunday, en route to Fort Myers for boat repairs.
At about 3 p.m. Sunday, the now-missing man called his brother to say the boat was in 6-foot seas near Englewood, 30 miles from Sarasota, and the family was trying to survive.
Items — including six life jackets, two kayaks and a flare — believed to belong to the family have been found during the search.
At about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, helicopter and boat crews saw something in the search area that looked like a flare rising into the air for three seconds. But when the area was further searched, no flare was found, the Coast Guard said Thursday.
“We still have hope,” a Coast Guard official said Thursday, calling it a “dire” situation, but adding, “We want to get out there and save them.”
The father has full custody of the children and is separated from their mother, said her sister, Sadie Dilts. She told ABC News on Wednesday that her sister lives in Indiana and was on her way to Florida.
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