Family identifies man who fell overboard near Blount Island

Search for man overboard near Blount Island

Jacksonville, FL. — UPDATED STORY 11/23/2020: Family identified the man as 42-year-old Oziel Martinez, a loving father, and a husband who has worked in the maritime industry for more than 20 years.

His cousin Ruben Martinez said he was working the night shift when he disappeared.

“It has been more than 24 hours we haven’t had any sign of anything, so we don’t know what to expect at this point….we are praying for the best, that is all we can hope for.” Martinez said.

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The Coast Guard said they have searched extensively from the entrance of the river to Goat island.

Martinez has not been found.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/22/2020: The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing after falling overboard near Blount Island.

They are searching for a 42-year-old-man who fell into the water while transiting from the vessel to a barge not wearing a lifejacket and did not resurface.

The Coast Guard was notified around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Also searching are crews from Florida Fish and Wildlife, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and dive units.