Guillermo Gonzalez Losada (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)
MAYPORT, Fla. -- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for possible survivors after a man was found dead near pieces of a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday.
The man has been identified as Guillermo Gonzales Losada, 49. The Coast Guard was able to identify him through his Venezuelan passport.
His hometown is unknown and his last known address was in Miami, according to a release from the Coast Guard.
"The Coast Guard sends its prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Losada," said Sector Jacksonville Commander Capt. Tom Allan in a release. "We are now seeking any information which may shed light on the many unknowns surrounding this case."
Crews have been out searching since Sunday.
"Multiple boat crews, we've had the Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant, the Coast Guard Cutter KingFisher, the 45-foot motor life boat from station Mayport, we've had several air crews so there have been quite a few resources out there," said Lauren Jorgensen, Petty Officer 1st Class, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville.
Ten life vests, debris from a boat and a body were found floating 22 miles east of the St. Johns River. The vessel debris was spotted by a research crew from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission flying over the Atlantic surveying for whales.
"There's not any significant marine growth on the vessel or anything to indicate that it has been out there for a lengthy amount of time so we do believe this was a fairly recent incident," said Jorgensen.
Coast Guard officials are not sure if there were more people in the water, but they have been searching for survivors.
"That's definitely a possibility. Right now we're hopeful that there are survivors out there, so we're continuing the search right now," said Jorgensen.
No word on where the vessel was coming from or where it was going. The Coast Guard says it never received reports of a missing boat. All vessels and participants in this weekend's Jacksonville El Cheapo Fishing Tournament were accounted for.
Coast Guard Officials say an autopsy will be completed but results may be withheld because it is an ongoing investigation. They say the another entity like the FBI may take over the investigation.
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