Overdue boater located safely in Bahamas, Coast Guard ends search

MIAMI — The Coast Guard ended its search Monday evening for an overdue boater between Fort Pierce, Fla., and the Bahamas after receiving notification he was located safely by a good Samaritan.

Richard McClow, 79, of Naperville, Ill., was spotted on the island of Great Sale Cay, Bahamas, where his boat had run aground. The good Samaritan brought McClow aboard to transport him to Freeport, Bahamas, where further travel arrangements can be made.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report at 1:46 p.m. Sunday stating McClow departed Fort Pierce late Thursday night enroute to Marsh Harbor, Bahamas, where he was scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon.

Assisting in the search were:

  • Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce
  • The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Cormorant and Bluefin, 87-foot patrol boats homeported in Fort Pierce
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Mayport, Fla.
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant, a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported at Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Two C-130 fixed-wing aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
  • An HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami

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