The U.S. Coast Guard is asking the public for help finding a sailboat with two people on board that went missing while travelling from New Jersey to Florida.
The “Atrevida II,” a 30-foot Catalina sailboat, set sail from Cape May, New Jersey, but never made it to Marathon, Florida, where it was supposed to go. This was reported by WTXF-TV. The Coast Guard says that Kevin Hyde, 64, and Joe DiTommasso, 76, were on the Atrevida II when it left Cape May.
The last time anyone saw the boat was on December 3, when it left the Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to go to Florida.
“Atrevida II may have stopped in Morehead City, NC, but this is not certain,” the U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic wrote on Facebook. The Facebook post said, “If you or someone you know knows anything about the missing boater, call the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Center at 757-398-6700.”
The sailboat is registered in New Jersey with the number 7033HN. It has a hull that is bluish-purple, a white top, and white sails.
Hundreds of people replied to the Facebook post with prayers and ideas about what might have happened to the two boaters.
In a press release sent out Tuesday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said that the Atrevida II had been found and that all three people on board—two people and a dog—were safe.
“The #USCG found the boat 214 miles east of Delaware with help from the tanker vessel Silver Muna,” the Coast Guard wrote on Facebook.
In a press release, the Coast Guard said, “The Atrevida II was found to be without fuel and power, which made their radios and navigation equipment inoperable.” “Hyde and Ditomasso got the Silver Muna crew’s attention by waving their arms and a flag,”
In the release, Cmdr. Daniel Schrader, a spokesman for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, said, “This is a great example of how the maritime community works together to keep people safe at sea.”
“We’re very happy with how the case turned out and can’t wait to get Mr. Hyde and Mr. Ditomasso back with their families and friends. We also want to stress how important it is to have the right safety gear and be ready before going to sea. With an EPIRB, or emergency position indicating radio beacon, mariners can get in touch with first responders right away in an emergency.”