Missing Canadian Boaters Report In

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard learned this morning that the two-person crew of a 30-foot sailing vessel, formerly known as “Pride“, was towed into Georgetown, S.C., at approximately 8:30 p.m., Dec. 13 by a commercial tow company. On board the vessel are Canadians Brock Argyle and Paul Shore.

The men had not been heard from since departing Lewes, Del., en route to Panama Nov. 30. The sailing vessel encountered a storm on Dec. 2 taking it off of its planned course.

The Coast Guard began searching for the vessel Saturday, Dec. 8 when notified that the crew had not checked in with a friend on Dec. 2 as scheduled. Over the next four days, the Coast Guard searched more than 49,960 square nautical miles from Delaware to Miami.

“We here in the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Command Center are all pleased to learn of the fortunate ending to this case,” said Lt. Christopher White, Assistant Command Center Supervisor. “However, the S/V PRIDE crew and all boaters can assist themselves during future boating trips by filing a float plan with friends or relatives and instructing them to contact the Coast Guard at the first sign that something isn’t quite right. Additionally, all boaters should have all of the proper life saving equipment on board, especially a properly registered 406 Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).”

The float plan and EPIRB would have led to a much quicker resolution to this case.

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