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Coast Guard Searches for Missing Boater Near Coki Point Beach

Coast Guard air and surface crews search for a missing boater Sunday. (Photo courtesy USCG)

Coast Guard air and surface crews continue to search for a missing boater in the vicinity of Coki Point Beach and Thatch Cay, the agency announced Sunday.

Missing is Todman Davaughn, 51, who reportedly was ejected from a 30-foot white power boat after the vessel crashed and spun out of control several times, according to the press release.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a call from a 911 emergency operator, who relayed the report from a person who witnessed the incident ashore around 8:30 a.m. Coast Guard watchstanders diverted the launch of a Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico and a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement to search, the press release stated.

Once on scene, the Coast Guard aircrew deployed a self-locating datum marker buoy to receive real-time information on the sea-state and currents in the area. A Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft forward deployed to Puerto Rico was also launched, while St. Thomas Rescue teams also responded with a boat, divers, and a drone to help in the search, the release stated.

A friend of Davaughn reportedly towed the vessel back to shore, it said.

As the search continues, the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos will be arriving and searching throughout the night, according to the release.

Anyone with information on this case may contact the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at 787-289-2041.

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