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Boater missing off Cedar Key

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Coast Guard, FWC initiate search

Coast Guard crewmembers along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are searching for a 49-year-old man in a 20-foot white Hurricane Deck boat near Cedar Key on Thursday.

Missing is David Lashley of Lake City. Lashley's son contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Pete watchstanders at 9:35 a.m., reporting his father was overdue. The family received a text message at 3:30 a.m., stating he was disabled 15 miles off of Cedar Key with no other information.

An HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin and a 27-foot utility boat crew from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown and two boatcrews from FWC are searching for Lashley.

Anyone with information on Lashley contact watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg at 727-824-7506.