Update (7:57 p.m.)
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) suspended search efforts Sunday evening for Michael Sedor one mile offshore of Cedar Key, according to a USCG press release.
Deceased is David Savioe, 33, of Crystal River and missing is Sedor, 39, of Inglis.
A Coast Guard Station Yankeetown crew discovered a body matching the description of Savioe around 7 a.m. Saturday near his sunken vessel “Dog House,” confirmed the USCG in a phone call Sunday evening.
“One of the toughest parts of the job is suspending search and rescue efforts, and we do not make this decision lightly,” said Capt. Matthew Thompson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “It is only after the Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Levi Sheriff’s County Office, and local partner agencies saturated every possible area that we must make this call.”
(Our original story 5:27 pm)
The fiancee of a missing boater from Inglis is still praying that he will be found safe.
LeeAnn Roberts said on Sunday, “There’s still hope,” for finding Michael Sedor, 39, hours after news that the body of the other boater, David Savioe, 33, of Crystal River was discovered at 7 a.m. Saturday by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
The vessel they left shore on named “Dog House” was spotted seven miles off the shore of Cedar Key and reported by a good Samaritan at 11 a.m. on Dec. 29.
Coast Guard crews searched approximately 125 hours covering 1,332 square nautical miles.
A USCG spokesperson said on Sunday afternoon that the rescue effort now involves an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter but will end today as the sun sets.
At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers loaded the recovered helm of the boat onto the dock in Cedar Key and set back out to continue the recovery mission.
The focus of the search has been between Cedar Key and west of Seahorse Reef.
The USCG said they will be updating info of the search and rescue mission this evening.
Roberts said she is praying for a miracle and that she “Hopes [Michael] is coming home, he has to. His sister is due any day.”