Florida: Doctor lacking after Coast Guard finds empty boat

Coast Guard officials are searching for a missing doctor in Florida after finding his empty boat adrift off the coast of Sanibel Island.

“Have you seen this missing person?” The Collier County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Wednesday. “Chaundre Cross, 49, was last seen on his boat – a 33-foot Sea Ray with ‘Vitamin Sea’ on its back – leaving the Naples Bay Marina at around 7:30am this morning. He has not returned and family members are concerned. ”

On Thursday, the Coast Guard tweeted that the ship was “located offshore between Sanibel Island and Naples, FL — but not Dr. cross”.

The agency continued, “Coast Guard crews from Fort Myers Beach, Cutter Crocodile & Air Station Clearwater continue to search for a person in the water.”

“We’re still looking,” Chief Petty Officer Ayla Hudson told PEOPLE Friday, adding that the agency searched for him overnight.

Meanwhile, friends and family have joined the search for Cross in hopes they will find the man in the warm water, FOX broadcaster WFTX reported.

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Cross is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. and has brown eyes, the Collier County Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post. He was last seen in a purple shirt and black pants.

According to WFTX, the search area includes Naples Beach, Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island.

A graduate of Northwestern University and Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, “Dr. Chaundre Cross a national expert in prostate, breast and brain cancer,” reads his GenesisCare bio page.

“Chaundre is known for his compassion and offers his patients a concierge-like service,” the Naples-based provider said on its website.

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