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Date of Issue: August 04, 2010

Boater missing, reward offered

Boater Glenn David Brandt of Palmetto. He has been missing since early May. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lauren Brandt

Reward poster: Posters like this one at Kingfish Boat Ramp can be found on Anna Maria Island asking for information on Glenn David Brandt of Palmetto, missing since May 9. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Palmetto boater Glenn David Brandt left for Florida from a Bahamas port in early May in his 44-foot trawler. He never arrived to his destination.

The charter captain’s family continues to search for the missing sailor and his boat, Genesis — and hope for the best.

“We all miss him greatly,” Lauren Brandt said of her father.

In the weeks after her father’s disappearance, flyers were distributed throughout southern Florida, including on Anna Maria Island, by Boat US, which insured Genesis and is offering a $5,000 reward.

The experienced sailor left Nassau May 9. He planned to stop at Marathon in the Florida Keys to refuel before sailing on to Palmetto.

But Brandt never arrived at Marathon, prompting his family to report him missing May 19 and prompting the U.S. Coast Guard to issue an urgent missing-boater broadcast.

The Coast Guard did not launch a search because the area between the Bahamas and the keys is too vast.

In June, Lauren Brandt said, the Coast Guard “stopped hailing him on the radio.”

But the family has not stopped calling out for information on Brandt, who owns a local roofing company.

She and her brother, Kevin, also hired a private investigator, who went to the Bahamas in late May to look for Brandt. A pilot also was hired to search over the waters between the Bahamas and the Florida Keys, but he did not find the boat.

“We still have no leads,” Lauren Brandt said. “And nothing has changed in regards to his whereabouts.”