The Florida ship saved 86 miles from shore: “I thought it was”

The Coast Guard issued the satellite call after Stuart Bee was found.

The man, who was rescued 86 miles off the coast of Florida after his boat capsized, did not think he would return to shore alive, a satellite call made after the discovery revealed it.

The search for Stuart Bee, a 62-year-old Florida resident, began when his family warned the U.S. Coast Guard that he could not dock at Port Canaveral after leaving Friday night, saying he only planned to be out for a few hours. Coast Guard officials.

News of the rescue of a bee on Sunday morning spread after a 225-meter container ship, the Angeles captain, spotted in the Atlantic called the Coast Guard to tell them Bee was alive.

“We have just rescued one man from a boat capsizing at sea,” the angel-land captain told Shawn Antonelli, a Coast Guard lieutenant, in a satellite call issued by the Coast Guard on Tuesday.

“We were looking for this gentleman,” Antonelli said after the captain gave him the man’s name. “Thanks.”

The captain replied, “I’m very happy about that.”

After Bee got up on the line, he told Antonelli he fell asleep after working on his engine, which made squeaking noises. Between midnight and dawn on Sunday, he woke up to the water splashing in the back of his boat, Bee said.

“I didn’t see anyone,” he said. – I thought, “That’s it.” “

When Bee saw Angels in the distance, he couldn’t tell if it was coming for him at first. He took off his shirt and waved it regularly, and it took the cargo ship about half an hour to reach, he said.

Bee said he tried to swim into the middle of his boat three times to grab his personal locator beacon and wanted to go down a fourth time when he saw Angeles.

U.S. Coast Guard officer Veronica Dunn-Depretis described the rescue of Bee as “amazing” to ABC News, adding that she was lucky to be alive.

It’s not clear why Bee Sting Ray’s 32-meter pleasure boat capsized, Dunn-Depretis said. Bee wasn’t hurt in the ordeal, he added.

ABC News Bill Hutchinson and Ben Stein contributed to the report.