Missing Apopka boater's son: 'He is alive. I know it"

Missing Apopka boater's son: 'He is alive. I know it"

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The son of an Apopka boater who left for a fishing trip Wednesday and hasn't been seen since is not giving up hope his father will be found alive.

"He is alive. I know it. Everything is going to be fine," Moses Hernandez said.

Bernardo Hernandez left his Apopka home early Wednesday morning for a fishing trip in New Smyrna Beach. Police found his red Ford Explorer and boat trailer at a lot near a causeway ramp.

"Our church is praying. Our whole family is," Moses Hernandez said.

"The family reported the boater was supposed to return around sunset and he never did," said Steve Van Norwick of the Florida Wildlife and Conservation Commission.

FWC and the Coast Guard searched the jetty area Thursday, where Hernandez often fished, and have expanded their search area from the St. Augustine coastline to Port Canaveral. In addition, they are using helicopters for aerial surveillance and side-scan sonar equipment.

"This area has a lot of greenery," said the Coast Guard's Daniel Tobin. "This boat is not large. It's a 14-foot boat, and there's a lot of back waterways and everything else. That's why we have helicopters looking," he said.

 

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