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Coast Guard searching for missing plane and missing boater off Bahamas

The missing plane with Skylight Studios CEO Jennifer Blumin, Nathan Ulrich and Blumin’s two sons.
The missing plane with Skylight Studios CEO Jennifer Blumin, Nathan Ulrich and Blumin’s two sons.

The Coast Guard continued its search Tuesday evening for a New York family on a plane heading to Florida after finding what is believed to be plane debris 15 miles east of the Bahamas, the Coast Guard said late Tuesday.

Crews also continued its search Tuesday for a Delray Beach woman who disappeared late Sunday night after her catamaran capsized in the Florida Straits near the Bahamas. As of Tuesday afternoon, crews had searched more than 5,000 square miles.

On the missing MU-2B plane, tail No. N220N, are Jennifer Blumin of New York; Nathan Ulrich of Lee, N.H.; and Blumin’s sons, ages 3 and 4, the Coast Guard said. The plane left Borinquen, Puerto Rico, around 11 a.m. Monday. It never arrived in Titusville.

Miami Air Traffic Control notified the Coast Guard it had lost radar and radio contact with the plane 37 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas, flying at 24,000 feet and 345 mph.

Blumin is the CEO and founder of Skylight Studios, a provider of locations for events ranging from a Ralph Lauren fashion show to a Google product rollout.

Meanwhile, another search continued west of Cay Sal, Bahamas, for Delray Beach’s Isbella Hellman. Hellman hasn’t been seen since 8 p.m. Sunday. The Coast Guard found her husband, Lewis Bennett, on a life raft Monday.

Around 1:30 a.m. Monday, the Seventh Coast Guard District Command Center received an emergency radio beacon alert from Bennett’s catamaran. Bennett said his catamaran hit an object and began taking on water, so he abandoned it. His wife had fallen into the water.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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