ENGLEWOOD (FOX 13) - The U.S. Coast Guard said it found a body during the search for a family of four who went missing off the coast of Sarasota County.
Crews located a debris field earlier Wednesday as they searched for the father and three teenage children who were missing on a sailboat off the coast of Sarasota County.
The USCG said it would continue the "search and rescue" mission with the assumption the other three members of the family were still alive. It was unable to provide an identity for the body found, pending identification and notification of next-of-kin.
Officials said the debris crews found included a tarp, six life jackets, water bottles, a basketball, and one or two shoes. The items are believed to be connected to the missing sailboat and family.
The Coast Guard identified the boaters as father Ace Kimberly, 13-year-old Roger Kimberly, 15-year-old Donny Kimberly, and 17-year-old Rebecca Kimberly. The family left Sarasota on their 29-foot sailboat Sunday morning. They were apparently headed to Fort Myers Beach to repair the boat.