Missing Boater Found

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard searched the rugged northern California coastline for two days looking for the 57 year old male boater whose 10 foot boat was found aground near Mendocino, California on the 25th of December. At approximately 8:00 PM on the 26th of December, the boat operator walked back safely into the Albion River Flats campground.

At 4:00 p.m. on the 25th of December, Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay received a report from Mendocino County Fire Department that a 10 foot boat was spotted aground near Mendocino CA. With sketchy details, Group Humboldt Bay launched two 47 foot Motor Life Boats from Coast Guard Station Noyo River and an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay to assess the situation and begin search efforts.

Coast Guard ground parties also began investigative efforts to determine the ownership of the vessel. Local sources helped identify a potential operator, who was camping in the area. Coast Guard personnel checked the campground, the person’s campsite, and interviewed people in the area. Initial investigative efforts could not confirm whether the gentleman had gotten underway in the boat or whether the boat had slipped free of its moorings.

Mendocino County Sheriff and other ground parties continued looking in the local community for the missing boater. The Coast Guard continued coastal search efforts throughout the afternoon until 11:00 PM when the search was suspended.

A report received on the 26th, indicated that the operator had been seen getting the boat underway on the 25th. Given this new information, the Coast Guard commenced additional searches along the rugged coastline until 7:00 PM when the search was suspended pending further developments.

At approximately 8:00 PM on December 26th the missing boater was located walking back into the Albion River Flats Campground. Sources on scene indicated that the man stated he’d abandoned his boat when it was swept out to sea and made it back to shore sometime on the 25th of December.

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