Coast Guard ends search after Fairhaven boater found safe

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — The Coast Guard ended its search for a missing boater after he was found safe at approximately 5:50 a.m. Saturday at Hoppy’s Landing, on West Island in Fairhaven, Mass.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., were notified by the Fairhaven Fire Department that Gary Alves, 57, of East Freetown, Mass., had been located safely and was not in distress.

The Fairhaven Police Department is investigating the incident.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., were notified of a missing person at 6 p.m. Friday, from the New Bedford, Mass., Police Department.

The police were contacted by Alves’s secretary, who reported that Alves had contacted her from aboard his sailboat at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Alves stated he would be returning in approximately 20 minutes.

It is reported that he intended to be on the water for two-to-three hours.

His sailboat was found ashore on the southern side of West Island with a cell phone and a bag containing some of his belongings.

Alves was reported to be wearing a black, long-sleeve thermal wetsuit.

Searching were members from:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.
  • Coast Guard Station Menemsha, Mass.
  • Coast Guard Station Woods Hole
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark
  • Mattapoisett, Mass., Fire and Rescue
  • New Bedford, Mass., Marine Police
  • Fairhaven Fire and Rescue

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