Coast Guard Finds Stranded Sailor

November 18, 2006 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard has removed a man found on a barge this morning whose sailing vessel collided with a tug and barge today at about 5a.m.

Russell Joseph Bolton, 51, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., was sailing off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla., when his 33-foot sailing vessel collided with a 115-foot barge being towed by the 70-foot Ybor City. Bolton was able to jump on to the barge before being thrown in the water.

The crew of the American-flagged Ybor City was unaware that the sailing vessel collided with their barge and spotted Bolton this morning at about 10 a.m. The crew of Ybor City thought that Bolton may have been a stowaway and called Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Jacksonville.

The rescue coordinators sent a boarding team to from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., along with a Customs and Boarder Patrol officer to board the barge. The Coast Guard boarding team handcuffed Bolton until they could determine he was not a threat to their safety.

After the joint Coast Guard and CBP boarding team verified his identity and nationality, Bolton was taken back to Sector Jacksonville on a rescue boat from Station Mayport.

Bolton was not injured in the collision, and there was no one else aboard the sail boat with Bolton during the collision.

Bolton lived aboard his sailing vessel and will be taken to an American Red Cross Shelter by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

US Coast Guard News Release

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