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Services for ship captain set today

Church services are scheduled for 7 p.m. today for Landon D. Gough, the Honduran-born captain who went down with his ship when it sank off the Florida coast Oct. 1.

Gough, a Tampa resident, had given his life jacket to another man moments before the ship went down, according to witnesses.

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered Gough's body Sunday afternoon about 80 miles west of Naples, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jessie Orr said.

The Coast Guard rescued 13 people who jumped into rough waters from the 180-foot Roatan Express, which was traveling from Tampa to the Honduran island of Roatan. One passenger is still missing, Orr said Wednesday.

The Honduran ship was owned by Jackson Shipping of Tampa.

The area where the ship went down was experiencing 23-mph winds, 5-foot swells and powerful squalls when it sank, according to the National Weather Service.

Waves washed over the bulwarks and the ship went down in 120 feet of water 15 minutes after Gough sent out a distress call at 4:45 a.m., crew members said.

The ship, carrying cargo containers, trucks and cars, had been listing heavily to port, possibly because of a ruptured ballast tank, crew member Olden Ebanks said.

Gough, 55, was a sailor for 40 years. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Banni; five sons, Jose, Arnold, Lewis, Wendell and John, all of Honduras; three brothers, Joe Jr., Mexico, Desmond and Tex, both of Honduras; and seven grandchildren.

Services are scheduled at the C. E. Prevatt Funeral Home in Temple Terrace. The burial will take place in Honduras, a spokesman for the funeral home said.

_ Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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