Missing boater’s family conducts private helicopter search

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The families of four boaters who went missing off the shores of Venice, Florida, have not given up hope.

A week after the Coast Guard suspended the search for Ruben Mora Sr., 54, of Port Charlotte; Angel Hernandez Munoz, 38; Julio Cesar Cordero Briones, 37; and Vargas Parra, 35, all from North Port., the families continue their search.

On Sunday, the families of the missing men hired a private helicopter to search the area from the air.

The private helicopter took flight from Englewood and searched the west coast of Florida for the missing boaters.

Monica Sheckler was one of the passengers who participated in the search on Sunday.

“We searched, came out of Englewood, and then came over to Tampa Bay, to the Skyway Bridge about three miles offshore, and then we turned in that area searching all the islands, headed our nine miles and headed to Key West Florida,” said Sheckler.

The family ended their day-long search with a community vigil to pray for their loved ones.

While the search was unfruitful, the families remain hopeful that their efforts will give them a conclusion to this painful ordeal.

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