Coast Guard Chopper Buzzes Harstine Island

File picture provided by the U.S. Coast Guard

A U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter was seen searching the waters of Pickering Passage Tuesday night. Witnesses told MasonWebTV Powered by HCC, the orange chopper appeared to be flying back and forth between the Harstine Island Bridge and Harstine Pointe from 7 to 8 PM and again from 9 to 10 PM.

Officials with Coast Guard District 13 Command Center said the helicopter was on a drift vessel case.

“Some one reported seeing something, like a vessel adrift,” a dispatcher told MasonWebTV Powered by HCC. “We weren’t able to confirm it (adrift vessel), so we actually had to suspend our search.”

The reporting party was only able to give the Coast Guard a general location.

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