Aspen boater missing in Florida keys |

Aspen boater missing in Florida keys

LONG KEY, Fla. ” Rescuers searched again Wednesday for an Aspen man after his 20-foot boat was found idling adrift Tuesday with no one on board, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

Authorities received a report about the unmanned Boston Whaler a few miles north of Long Key on Tuesday morning.

“With each passing hour, the chance for survivability goes down, but we never lose hope,” Coast Guard spokesman James Judge said. “We’re going to try to find this guy and return him home safe to his family.”

The search for Christopher Smith, 57, was being conducted by air and sea, Coast Guard officials said.

The Florida Fish and Wild Life Conservation Commissioner and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were helping with the search.

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