ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WCSC) - Coast Guard members recovered a second body on Thursday as the search continues east of Boca Grande for a missing family.
Ace Kimberly, 45; Rebecca Kimberly, 17; Donald Kimberly, 15 and Roger Kimberly, 13, were last heard from Sunday afternoon after departing out of Sarasota on Sunday morning en route to Fort Myers, Coast Guard officials say.
The second body was recovered at 11:06 a.m. Thursday by Cape Coral Fire and Rescue..
Earlier that morning, a boat crew from Station Fort Myers Beach located a bucket in the area containing the Kimberly's birth certificates, a GPS unit, a wallet, two cell phones, cigarettes, a tool box and a pool noodle.
Overnight, crews observed a white flare while conducting the search at approximately 2:26 a.m. A yellow kayak matching the description of a kayak known to be with the family was also recovered early Thursday morning.
Crews found the first body Wednesday at approximately 4:30 p.m., about four hours after locating a second kayak believed to belong to the family.
The identities of the bodies have not yet been released.
"We remain hopeful we'll find survivors," Capt. Greg Case, commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, said. "We continue to keep close contact with the family and keep them updated on all developments during this difficult time."
At approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, an HC-130 Hercules rescue aircrew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, located a debris field 37 miles west of Sanibel, Florida. The debris included items such as water jugs, tarps, six life jackets, a throwable life ring, a propane tank, a pair of shoes, and a basketball. Surface crews are investigating the debris and intensifying search efforts in this area.
"Finding the kayak and life jackets signals that we are in a dire situation," Capt. Greg Case, Commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, said. "We are continuing to keep in very close contact with the family and keep them updated on all developments during this difficult time. Locating the debris inside of our search field indicates that we are in the right area, and we are aggressively searching for Ace, Becky, Donny and Roger."
At 12:35 p.m., Station Fort Myers Beach located a green sit-in kayak in the vicinity of the original debris field matching the description of a kayak known to be with the family. The Coast Guard was able to corroborate all of the debris to the on-going search for the missing sailboat.
All available air and surface resources have been assigned to the search effort including both helicopter and fix-wing aircrews from Air Station Clearwater, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Customs and Border Protection. Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator, Station Fort Myers Beach, and Station Cortez are actively searching as well.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Charlotte County Sheriff's Office and Lee County Sheriff's Office are also aiding in the search.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the Kimberly family is asked to contact the Coast Guard in St. Petersburg at (727) 824-7506.