Coast Guard searching for missing man after boat washes ashore in Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing Vero Beach man after his fishing boat washed ashore near Melbourne Beach on Wednesday night.


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Officials said they were searching for 68-year-old Dale Hossfield of Vero Beach.

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The Coast Guard said that Hossfield left from Fort Pierce Inlet around 2 p.m. Wednesday and has not been heard from since.

The search for Hossfield began after Coast Guard Sector Miami received reports that a 29-foot boat had washed ashore with the engines still running on Melbourne Beach.

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Units with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and U.S. Coast Guard are involved in the search.

Anyone with information is asked to contact USCG Sector Miami command center at 305-535-4472.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser,

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.