Officials say a Florida man was found clinging to his capsized boat on Sunday morning off the coast of Port Canaveral about.
Sometime after midnight on Sunday, the man, Stuart Bee, slept on his 32-foot sea beam called Sting Ray when he was suddenly awakened by water flowing into the ship’s front cabin, a first-class officer David Micallef said. , spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The ship was “almost immediately filled with water,” said NCO Micallef, adding that the ship had quickly capsized and that the force of the water had “pushed it out of the front opening”.
For hours, Mr. Bee, 62, clung to the four legs of the bow of the boat above the water. Then, after sunrise, Mr. Bee noticed a boat in the distance, so he took off his shirt and began waving to draw the crew’s attention. In the process, he lost his glasses.
Crew members saw Mr. Bee around 11 a.m. on a 225-foot Liberian container ship bound for del Wilmington in Angeles and got close enough to drop a lifebuoy to pull him up a ladder to take him up. to the ship. .
Instead of being picked up by the Coast Guard, Mr. Bee decided to stay aboard the Angeles, which is scheduled to arrive in Wilmington on Tuesday.
“He’s just excited to be alive,” NCO Micallef said. – I think you’re in good spirits.
Mr Bee left Cape Marina in Port Canaveral on Friday, which was a short cruise on the water. He had apparently decided to sleep on the ship for one night, which the port employee said was not typical. The harbor and his brother reported it missing the next day, NCO Micallef said.
Both the Coast Guard and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent an airplane and asked nearby ships to monitor Mr. Bee.
After his first night on the water, Mr. Bee told the Coast Guard that his boat had become disabled after a mechanical failure on Saturday, which he had tried and failed to fix, “NCO Micallef said. The Coast Guard did not receive a radio broadcast from him asking for help.
“Honestly, this case is an incredible result,” said Lt. Micallef. “I think it shows that the maritime community is closely connected. We are grateful that it will be dry soon.