Coast Guard: Missing boat captain possibly photographed in Charleston

The Coast Guard is looking for any information on the man seen in this picture, taken by a surveillance camera at Charleston City Marina Feb. 22, 2013. Coast Guard investigators believe the man is an American boat captain named Larry who was aboard the vessel On the Weigh, which was found in pieces about 22 miles east of the entrance to the St. Johns River in Florida Feb. 24, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Charleston City Marina)

The U.S. Coast Guard believes a boat captain who may have been on board a yacht that was discovered in pieces in Florida last month could have stopped in Charleston, according to officials.

This afternoon, the Coast Guard released a photograph taken from a surveillance camera at the Charleston City Marina on Feb. 22. Officials stated they believe the man in photo is a boat captain who was aboard the vessel ‘On the Weigh’ that was found destroyed on the St. Johns River in Florida on Feb. 24.

The Coast Guard recovered the body of Venezuelan national Guillermo Gonzalez Losada, 49, among the wreckage and have identified two other Venezuelan men, believed to have been aboard. But officials said they have not been able to gather any additional information about a captain who reportedly was also on board.

Coast Guard crews searched for 56 hours for survivors. Losada’s body was the only one recovered. The other two Venezuelan men, as well as the American captain who may also have been aboard, remain missing, officials said.

Family and friends of the Venezuelan men told Coast Guard officials that the boat’s owner, Chong Kang Lum Valles, had recently bought it in South Carolina and hired an American boat captain, whose first name they said is Larry, to help transport the boat.

They said they do not know the boat captain’s last name or where he is from. Officials believe the three Venezuelan men and the captain were heading to Aruba.

Anyone with any information about the man shown in the photograph from Charleston is being asked to contact Coast Guard investigators at 904-564-7511.


Reach Natalie Caula at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.

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