Coast Guard searches for two missing teenagers in waters of Fort Walton Beach
NEW ORLEANS — Two young paddle boarders last seen near Fort Walton Beach, Florida are missing as of Wednesday night, according to a press release issued by The Coast Guard issued a Wednesday night.
Officials describe the two missing paddle boarders as male and female teenagers who were last seen at 3:45 p.m. in the water wearing blue and gray life jackets near Pelican Island Condos.
Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report from Okaloosa County Sheriff's dispatch reporting two teenagers overdue after they rented one red and white paddle board. The rental company said the teenagers were due back at 5 p.m.
Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and directed the launch of search and rescue assets.
Several agencies are involved in the search, including, Coast Guard Station Destin 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew, Aviation Training Center Mobile aircrew, Coast Guard Cutter Albacore crew, and Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office all-terrain vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector Mobile command center at 251-441-5976.
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