Coast Guard schedules update about search for missing family

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard has scheduled a news conference about the search-and-rescue efforts for a Florida family last seen on a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ace Kimberly and his three teenagers disappeared Sunday after departing Sarasota for Fort Myers.

Two bodies have been recovered from the waters off southwest Florida, along with a sailboat mast and other items belonging to the family. Authorities haven’t identified either body.

Oceanographers tell The Palm Beach Post that the gulf’s looping currents may be helping the search.

University of South Florida Professor Mark Luther says debris doesn’t travel far in gulf waters, whereas anything caught in the Gulf Stream off Florida’s Atlantic coast can be carried up to 150 miles a day.

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