Coast Guard calls off search after Flying Pig located near the Bahamas

MIAMI — The Coast Guard called off its search Tuesday morning for three passengers aboard the overdue vessel Flying Pig after they were located safely near the Bahamas.

The Bahamian Air and Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) issued a marine broadcast Tuesday morning urging mariners to be on the lookout for the 46-foot sailing vessel Flying Pig. Flying Pig crewmembers heard the marine broadcast and quickly responded via radio, stating they were anchored off Abaco Island, Bahamas, due to inclement weather.

A concerned friend of Skip Gundlach, the 65-year-old owner of the Flying Pig, contacted search-and-rescue coordinators at the Seventh Coast Guard District command center in Miami around 4:30 p.m. Monday after he stopped receiving location messages from the vessel’s satellite messenger service. The SPOT personal tracker is able to report its location to friends and family through Google Maps.

Gundlach and his two passengers departed from Lake Worth, Fla., Sunday, and were en route to Spanish Cay, Bahamas. The satellite messenger had last reported the Flying Pig’s position 20 miles north of Grand Bahama Island around 10 a.m. Monday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon jet crew assisted in the search.

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