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Florida Authorities Find Boater Hanging On to Hull of Capsized Ship

by Halle Ames
(Photo Credit: Nicola Belillo/ Getty Images)

Yesterday, authorities off the coast of Florida rescued a man clinging to his boat after it capsized. 

Around 11 a.m. on Sunday, crew members on board the container ship, Angeles saw a man desperately holding onto his capsized vessel. The man was 62-year-old Stuart Bee, who the coast guard had reported missing. 

Since Saturday morning, when the missing persons report initially started, the agency has been searching for any signs of Bee or his ship. A friend said that he had not come back after his trip out on Friday at 4 p.m. The person also stated that he usually does not spend a night out at sea.  

The coast guard posted a photo of Bee, along with a picture of his boat, the Stingray. They reported that their search was continuing with the help of aircrews. In addition, a news release on the situation said that a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol air marine asset was also assisting in the search. 

#UPDATE: @USCG crews along with a CBP air asset are continuing to search for Stuart Bee, a 62-year-old man who departed from Cape Marina in #portcanaveral Nov. 27 at about 4 p.m. Searching for a 32-foot Sea Ray, STINGRAY, FL5123HU. Please call 904-714-7558 with any new info.”

Nearly an hour later, the account posted an update on the situation, saying that Bee had been located and they were en route to transport him back to land. 

Bee was found clinging to his 32-foot boat nearly 86 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral. 

Florida Coast Guard Shows Bee’s Rescue

The United States Coast Guard Southeast released photos of the scene to their Twitter page. The photos reveal Bee clinging to his ship, which just had the hull still above water. Next, he is shown swimming from his sunken vessel to a life preserver and then climbing on board the 225-foot Angeles. The photo shows the man wearing jeans and a short-sleeve button-down shirt that are both drenched. 

The commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Jacksonville sector, Captain Mark Vlaun, released a statement that showed his gratitude to “all mariners.” 

“Saving lives at sea is our highest calling,” said Vlaun. “This is a truly incredible outcome that demonstrates the bond among all mariners and our community. Thank you to our mission partners that launch into action and to all who got the word out to find and rescue Mr. Bee.” 

Bee’s condition is still unknown at this time. 

[H/T New York Post]