Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Fairhaven

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater after he was reported overdue and his sailboat came ashore on West Island, in Fairhaven, Mass., Friday.

Missing is Gary Alves, 57, of East Freetown, Mass.

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.

Currently searching are 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

Anyone with information is requested to contact Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at 508-457-3211 or on VHF channel 16.

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