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Missing 62-year-old found clinging to capsized boat 86 miles offshore

Stuart Bee had been missing since late Friday afternoon

The U.S. Coast Guard found the 62-year-old boater Sunday clinging to his 32-foot capsized Sea Ray.
The U.S. Coast Guard found the 62-year-old boater Sunday clinging to his 32-foot capsized Sea Ray. (Copyright 2020 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard announced Sunday that a 62-year-old boater who went missing off Port Canaveral’s coast on Friday was found alive, clinging to his capsized Sea Ray about 86 miles offshore.

Stuart Bee was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225-foot motor vessel named Angeles, whose crew spotted the man clinging to the bow of the vessel. They immediately took Bee aboard and transported him to shore.

The U.S. Coast Guard spotted and rescued Stuart Bee on Sunday after he went missing late Friday afternoon.
The U.S. Coast Guard spotted and rescued Stuart Bee on Sunday after he went missing late Friday afternoon. (Copyright 2020 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

According to USCG, Bee was reported missing after heading out of the Cape Marina at 4 p.m. He headed out aboard his 32-foot boat named the STINGRAY.

While Bee did not specify when he would return, USCG said his brother called the authorities saying Bee never stays out on the water for more than 24 hours.