CLEARWATER — The U.S. Coast Guard and Clearwater Fire Rescue boats searched the waters around Clearwater Pass after two people on personal watercraft reported seeing a body in the water Sunday afternoon.
The search was called off around 5:30 p.m. when no body was discovered and no related missing persons reports were filed.
According to the Coast Guard, the two riders had noticed a man wearing a green-and-yellow hat floating face down in the channel near Marker 4 around 1:20 p.m.
When the pair approached the suspected body, it disappeared. The two returned to shore and notified the owner of the watercraft rental agency, who called 911.
In addition to boats, the Coast Guard had dispatched a search and rescue helicopter.