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Coast Guard Rescues Man off of Port Canaveral, Florida Headed for Wilmington, Delaware

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The 225-meters motor vessel Angeles located Stuart Bee, 62, on the hull of his 32-foot capsized recreational vessel approximately 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Florida, Nov. 29, 2020, after he went missing Nov. 27, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)





JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Stuart Bee, 62, was located approximately 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Screen Shot 2020-11-30 at 21.0.39Florida, Sunday.

The Angeles’ next port of call is Wilmington, Delaware. Bee is in contact with his brother who will assist in bringing him home once in Delaware. 

District Seven command center watchstanders issued an offshore distress broadcast, or enhanced group calling, alerting vessels offshore the Coast Guard was searching for Bee and his 34-foot boat. 

Receiving the alert, the Angeles’ crew lookout spotted Bee clinging to the bow of his boat at approximately 10 a.m. and brought him aboard at about 11 a.m. The crew reported Bee was safe and had no medical concerns. 

“The chances of finding Bee alive were slim,” said Lt. Shawn Antonelli, command duty officer, District 7. “But he was able to stay with his boat, which helped save his life.” 

 

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Stuart Bee, 62, poses for a photo at a marina in Florida. The 225-foot motor vessel Angeles located the man on the hull of his 32-foot capsized recreational vessel approximately 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Florida after he went missing Nov. 27, 2020. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo

Bee departed Cape Marina in Port Canaveral on November 27 and did not return.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received initial report of the missing man at 11:40 a.m., Saturday from a member at Cape Marina stating Bee typically does not stay out overnight on his boat.

Watchstanders dispatched a C-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater to respond and directed Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstanders to issue preliminary and extended communications in an effort to locate the missing man.  

The 7th District Coast Guard command center watchstanders issued an Enhanced Group Calling to mariners located in the vicinity of the search area to keep a lookout for the vessel and report any findings to the Coast Guard. 

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol air marine asset also assisted in the search. 

"Saving lives at sea is our highest calling. This is a truly incredible outcome that demonstrates the bond among all mariners and our community," said Capt. Mark Vlaun, commanding officer of Sector Jacksonville. "Thank you to our mission partners that launch into action and to all who got the word out to find and rescue Mr. Bee" 

 

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