US Coast Guard searches for missing shrimp boat crewmember off Lee coast

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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FILE PHOTO: A Coast Guard Station Los Angeles 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew conducts tactical boat training in the Los Angeles Harbor Oct. 28, 2015. The crews perform the training every six months to maintain proficiency and assess capabilities. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen)

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing person of the Lee County coast.

A Trico Seafood Market shrimp boat returned to port Tuesday morning from the Florida Keys-Dry Tortuga area and was missing a crew member.

Along with the U.S. Coast Guard, members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office are looking approximately one mile off shore.

Brandon Scerri, 23, was reported missing, and is a transient on Fort Myers Beach, according to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. He’s been known to visit the Chapel By the Sea Church on Estero Boulevard.

Scerri has been a previous missing person and may suffer from mental health issues, according to investigators.

The Coast Guard says they, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Lee County Sheriff’s Office are searching the waters about a mile off shore to look for the crew member.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) to submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips can also be made online or through the P3Tips mobile app.



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