Search suspended for missing US Olympic sailor Trevor Moore
by Risa Merl
The US Coast Guard has announced it is suspending the search for missing US Olympic sailor Trevor Moore in Miami, Florida. Moore, who competed in the London 2012 Olympics, was last seen on a small boat in Biscayne Bay off of Miami on Thursday (June 25).
On Thursday evening, the Coast Guard in Miami received a report of an unmanned inflatable dinghy adrift near the island of Dinner Key. The island is about a half-mile from shore, not far from the Miami marinas of Dinner Key and the Grove Key Marina. Trevor Moore’s personal belongings were found on board the RIB, but there were no signs of the sailor.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami-Dade Police and the National Park Service assisted the US Coast Guard in a three-day search for Olympic sailor Trevor Moore – which spanned 510 square nautical miles over Biscayne Bay – completing more than 29 search patterns.
The US Coast Guard sent an MH-65 rescue helicopter and launched a rescue boat crew from Miami Beach to search for the missing Trevor Moore.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones affected," said Capt. Michael Long, Coast Guard Sector Miami deputy commander. "Despite the tireless search efforts by multiple agencies and good samaritans, we were unable to find Mr Moore."
The investigation into Trevor Moore’s disappearance will now be lead by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Trevor Moore, 30, hails from Naples, Florida. Moore initially sailed in the Laser class for the US Sailing team, coming in 4th place in Beijing 2008 Olympic try-outs. He then switched to the two-man 49er class and, teaming up with Erik Storck, won a spot to compete in the London 2012 games. He retired in summer 2014 and has stayed involved in Olympic sailing as a coach.
“We are deeply saddened by Trevor’s disappearance on Biscayne Bay, and wish to extend our sympathies to the Moore family,” said Josh Adams, managing director of US Olympic Sailing. “In his time as a Laser and 49er sailor, Trevor has performed at a high level and made major contributions to the US Olympic sailing effort. He was a member of the 2012 Olympic team and several past editions of the US Sailing Team Sperry, a teammate and friend to many.
“In addition to the US Coast Guard’s highly professional search for Trevor on Biscayne Bay, an extensive volunteer effort was organized and led by sailors on all manner of craft, which is a testament to the impact Trevor has had on the sailing community. Our thoughts are with his fiancée Libby Patton and the entire Moore family.”