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Updated: 07/14/2014 04:48:48PM

Flare discharged but marine search called off

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The Venice Fire Department’s Rescue Boat 51 was launched this weekend in search for a vessel in distress. Units from several agencies including Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, Venice Police Department, and the United States Coast Guard out of Cortez searched the waters off of Venice early Sunday morning.

A commercial fishing vessel operating offshore reported seeing a distress flare burn in the skies for over a minute. The fishing captain placed the sighting between the Venice Jetties and the Venice Airport.

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