Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are asking the public to help them find the boat and boater that have been missing since Wednesday from a boat ramp in the Intracoastal Waterway near New Smyrna Beach.
The boat looks very similar to the one pictured. It is described as a 1989, 14- to 15-foot outboard motor boat, white in color with a narrow pinstripe around the hull. The registration number is FL 2228 GX. It has a white, Chrysler motor and a light-colored Bimini top.
If anyone sees this vessel please call local law enforcement at 911 or the FWC’s hotline at 888-404-3922.
Enrique Bernardo Hernandez Rubio (DOB 08-20-64) of Apopka was reported missing to the New Smyrna Beach Police Department around 1 a.m. Thursday. He had left home around 5 a.m. Wednesday and apparently launched his boat at the North Causeway boat ramp to test-ride the boat and possibly go fishing.
When his family was unable to reach him by telephone they drove to the ramp, found his truck and boat trailer, but not him or the vessel.
The search has been ongoing since around 1 a.m. Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, New Smyrna Beach Police Department, Volusia County Beach Patrol and the FWC.
Image courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission