MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A search is underway for a boater who has been missing for over a day near Biscayne Bay.

Reynier Marino, 36, was reported missing late Tuesday night, after his damaged boat was found along the Julia Tuttle Causeway, a few hours after taking it into the water.

All day Wednesday, rescue crews searched for Marino by air and on the water.

Crews continued their search, Thursday.

Loved ones have identified Marino as an experienced and avid boater. He is also the owner of the company Hellkats Boats.

“Unfortunately things happen, and it always happens to the good people,” said friend Marcos Suarez. “What’s sad is to think that so many people knew who he is, knows that he’s a good guy, should have been out there helping us look for him.”

They said Marino left from Pelican Harbor Marina at around 7 p.m. to test out a boat.

He had just sold the boat and the new boat owner was waiting for him at the marina.

After some time went by, the new boat owner started calling others when Marino did not return.

“He contacted his wife, my friend, and he let her know that he was missing,” said a woman.

That’s when two of Marino’s friends went out to look for him and found the boat with damage to its front.

They then called authorities, which prompted the search.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials towed the boat back to the marina and have been searching for Marino ever since.

7SkyForce hovered over the scene where several agencies could be seen conducting the search.

A woman who asked us not to show her face said Marino was like a brother to her.

“He was a great man,” said the woman. “He was very dedicated, always in a good mood, helping people.”

FWC officers towed the boat back to shore. The front of the boat is visibly damaged.

As the search for the missing boater continues, those closest to Marino said they are praying he is found soon.

“Just hope for the best, just hope for the best,” said Suarez.

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