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Rescuers find missing boat, but Siesta Key man still missing

SAND KEY — The search continued Wednesday for a 58-year-old Siesta Key man who disappeared Monday after failing to return from a snorkeling trip.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Clearwater found an unmanned 26-foot boat at 11:06 a.m. Wednesday. It matches the description of the boat that belongs to Christopher J. Macquarrie, according to the Coast Guard.

It was found about 38 miles west of Sanibel Island, but Macquarrie is still missing. He was supposed to return to land by about 8:30 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said it has a helicopter, search plane and two boats still looking for the missing boater.

A woman reported the boater missing to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office after he failed to return on time.

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Rescuers find missing boat, but Siesta Key man still missing 07/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:01am]

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