Man missing for 2 days found hanging from capsized boat in Florida

A boater missing in Florida for two days was found hanging from his capsized vessel far from shore in the early afternoon, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said crew members aboard a motorboat spotted Stuart Bee, 62, on the hull of his 32-foot Sea Ray around 11 a.m., about 138 miles off shore from Port Canaveral, Florida, one hour east of Orlando.

Jacksonville Coast Guard Area Commander Mark Vlaun said Bee’s rescue was a “truly incredible result.”

Stuart Bee is picked up by the US Coast Guard.US Coast Guard

“Saving lives at sea is our highest calling,” Captain Mark Vlaun said in a statement. “Thank you to our mission partners for taking action and to everyone who spread the word to find and save Mr. Bee.”

It was not known what Bee’s condition was and what initially capsized his boat.

Bee was last seen departing Cape Marina on Nov. 27, according to the Coast Guard.

The next day, a member of Cape Marina reported her missing after returning home, saying Bee usually never spent the night outside, the Coast Guard said.

The search involved a search and rescue team by boats and planes, including assistance from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the guard said.

Sailors nearby have also been advised to keep an eye out for Bee and her missing motorboat.

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