The search continues for a North Port man whose boat turned up without him.
A woman called the Coast Guard this morning to say her husband had not come home from a fishing trip.
She said 62-year-old Jim Winkler left El Jobean Marina on a 20-foot flats boat yesterday afternoon.
Winkler’s wife said he never fished past 10 o’clock at night.
The Coast Guard says the last ping from his cellphone came just south of Cape Haze on the northwest side of Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park.
The News-Press reports a helicopter crew from Clearwater and a boat from Fort Myers Beach helped find Winkler’s boat near Jug Creek.