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Man and boat were missing off Florida for three days. Then, 90 miles at sea, a ship passed

David Goodhue
·1 min read

A Port Canaveral, Florida, man was found alive Sunday almost 90 miles out to sea clinging to his sinking boat a day after he was reported missing.

The crew of a cargo ship spotted Stuart Bee, 62, hanging on to the bow of his 32-foot Sea Ray boat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The crew of the ship, the Angeles, dropped a line to Bee and brought him on board the 225-foot vessel.

Bee left the Cape Marina in Port Canaveral Friday. Another member of the marina reported him missing Saturday because he usually doesn’t stay out on the water overnight, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard launched a C-130 Hercules plane from Station Clearwater to search for Bee. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection plane also took part in the search operation.

Monday evening, the Coast Guard issued a press release stating Bee was still on the Angeles and in good health. The ship was on its way to its next port of call, Wilmington, Delaware.

Bee contacted his brother, who will assist him in bringing him home to Florida once the Angeles docks, according to the press release.