Bee was found alive clinging to the hull of his partially sunken 32-foot Sea Ray vessel
The 225-foot motor vessel Angeles located Bee and took him aboard at approximately 11 a.m. Sunday
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Missing Mariner Stuart Bee, 62, was located approximately 86 miles east of Port Canaveral, Florida, Sunday.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, Bee’s vessel had mechanical problems and began to take on water.
The 225-foot container ship M/V Angeles located Bee alive clinging to the bow of his mostly sunken 32-foot Sea Ray and took him aboard at approximately 11 a.m., after he was reported missing November 28.
The M/V Angeles crew threw Bee a life ring and he swam to the safety of the life ring and was then pulled aboard the Angeles.
Photos released by the Coast Guard showed Bee swimming away from the sinking vessel and toward the orange life ring. Another image showed the soaking-wet Bee climbing aboard the container ship.
His condition wasn’t immediately known.
Bee departed Cape Marina in Port Canaveral on November 27 for a fishing excursion and did not return.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received an initial report of the missing man at 11:40 a.m., Saturday from a member at Cape Marina stating Bee typically does not stay out overnight on his boat.
Watchstanders dispatched a C-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater to respond and directed Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstanders to issue preliminary and extended communications in an effort to locate the missing man.
The 7th District Coast Guard command center watchstanders issued an Enhanced Group Calling to mariners located in the vicinity of the search area to keep a lookout for the vessel and report any findings to the Coast Guard.
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol air marine asset also assisted in the search.
“Saving lives at sea is our highest calling. This is a truly incredible outcome that demonstrates the bond among all mariners and our community,” said Capt. Mark Vlaun, commanding officer of Sector Jacksonville.
“Thank you to our mission partners that launch into action and to all who got the word out to find and rescue Mr. Bee.”