JU Marine Research Center can track wave activity in the ocean through St. Augustine buoy.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Marine Expert from Jacksonville University discusses what could have caused a vessel to have come apart to pieces overseas.
Coast Guard crews are looking for more clues that will lead them to find out what happened to the vessel. On Sunday, 22 miles east from the St. Johns River, the body of a man was found along with two large pieces of debris from a boat and 10 life jackets.
He has been identified as 49-year-old Guillermo Gonzalez Losada. His passport was from Venezuela, but his hometown is unknown. His last known residence was in Miami.
There is still no word on what kind of vessel this was, what the size was or what may have caused it to shatter to pieces.
"The possibilities are wide open, anywhere from an explosion onboard, to mechanical trouble, water coming in," said Dr. Quinton White, Executive Director of Marine Science Research at JU.
White conducts research concerning the St. Johns River and works with several types of water vessels to conduct his research. He says although there are several factors that could have caused this boat to come apart -- the weather may played a role in the accident.
"When you have multiple storm events near like we've been having, that they come together and cause huge waves that can bust a boat up," said White.
These waves are called Rogue waves and they can get as high as 20-30 feet.
"Rogue waves are interesting because they don't show up anywhere, they just kind of appear and disappear for short periods of time and its not something you can track," said White.
White said the university has a buoy out in St. Augustine that relays wave times and on Monday waves were six seconds apart, indicating plenty of rough activity in the seas. He said without knowing the size of the boat, it leaves many unanswered questions.
"The pieces of debris that we did find were about 20 feet long but its unknown if that's the extent of the vessel or not," said Lauren Jorgensen, Petty Officer 1st Class, U.S. Coast Guard Jacksonville Sector.
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