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Crew of cargo ship rescues man from sinking boat 90 miles off coast of Florida

By David Goodhue, Miami Herald on

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MIAMI — A Port Canaveral man was found alive Sunday almost 90 miles out to sea clinging to his sinking boat a day after he was reported missing.

The crew of a cargo ship, the Angeles, spotted Stuart Bee, 62, hanging onto the bow of his 32-foot Sea Ray boat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The crew of the ship dropped a line to Bee and brought him on board the 225-foot vessel.

Bee left the Cape Marina in Port Canaveral on Friday. Another member of the marina reported him missing Saturday because he usually doesn't stay out on the water overnight, according to the Coast Guard.


The Coast Guard launched a C-130 Hercules plane from Station Clearwater to search for Bee. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection plane also took part in the search operation.

The Angeles crew took Bee back to shore, the Coast Guard said.

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