Day two since the disappearance of Fort Lauderdale businessman Guma Aguiar began with a sunrise search over ocean waters by a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 plane.
Authorities began looking for the wealthy 35-year-old father of four early Wednesday after his fishing boat, the T.T. Zion, was discovered unmanned around 1:15 a.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach, its twin engines running and lights still on.
The 31-foot yacht tender appeared intact and seaworthy to a Sea Tow captain who motored through four-foot waves toward it in the predawn darkness on Wednesday near East Las Olas Boulevard.
Aguiar made his fortune in the oil and gas business and is known for his charitable gifts. The family of the missing Brazilian-born businessman is "completely devastated," Rabbi Moshe Meir Lipszyc of Chabad Lubavitch of Fort Lauderdale said Wednesday.
"They are all very, very worried about him," Lipszyc said. "We are hoping and praying for a miracle. We are hoping if he fell off the boat, that he was able to swim to shore. He is massively special and with God's help and all our prayers, we hope he will be OK."
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss said the agency's search Thursday also included U.S.C.G. Cutter Dolphin at sea; a rescue helicopter that flew from Air Station Miami and the sentry plane.
Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Travis Mandell said Thursday his agency was working the land portion of the search and investigation.
"Everyone is trying to figure out why he got in that boat," Mandell said. "Hopefully he'll turn up safe and sound." continue reading...