A containership rescued a boater hanging from the hull of his capsized vessel approximately 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Fla., on November 29.
The boated left from Cape Marina in Port Canaveral on November 27 and was reported missing on November 28, after not returning from his trip.
Watchstanders deployed a C-130 Hercules aircrew from US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater to search for the boater and directed US Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstanders to issue preliminary and extended communications in an effort to locate the missing boater. A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol air marine asset was also launched to assist in the search.
In addition, the 7th District US Coast Guard command center watchstanders issued an Enhanced Group Calling to mariners located near the search area to lookout for the vessel and report any findings to the USCG.
Luckily, a 225-meter Liberian-flagged containership, the Angeles, spotted the boater alive on the hull of his capsized boat and took him onboard.
Saving lives at sea is our highest calling. 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
stated Capt. Mark Vlaun, commanding officer of Sector Jacksonville.