“Do you know the most interesting man in the world? Well, I’m just the opposite, ”Stuart Bee, a 62-year-old Florida resident, told a news reporter.
Interesting or not, when Bee and his 32-foot pleasure boat, Sting Ray, disappeared from Port Canaveral Marina in Florida last Friday, it became the focus of an intense search and rescue mission in the ocean.
Bee experienced engine problems early in the trip. Assuming he could fix it himself, he didn’t radio for help. He had fallen asleep Sunday night after messing with the engine, only to be awakened by a jet of water that flooded the cockpit and pushed him towards the bow and out of the forward hatch when the stern sank.
That was sometime after midnight.
Bee, an experienced sailor, knew he was in real trouble. Once the Sting Ray stabilized, he made several dives inside to try to retrieve his personal locator beacon, without success. Not knowing how much longer he could hold out, just after sunrise, Bee was preparing to make another attempt when he spotted a freighter, aptly named Los Angeles.
Using his shirt as a flag, Bee was able to get the attention of the surveillance team. After the Angels got as close as possible, a flotation device was sent to roll it up. The crew then used a ladder to get Bee on board.
“We have just rescued a person from a ship capsizing at sea,” confirmed the captain of Los Angeles in a satellite call with The coast guard. “Bee. Stuart Bee”.
#You should see: Stuart Bee is recovered by the 225 foot motor boat, # Angels. The crew saw the man clinging to the bow of the ship and brought him on board and transported him to shore. #BREAK
Photo credit: member of the crew aboard the m / v Angeles. pic.twitter.com/1MSKcVRYG5
– USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) November 30, 2020
That Bee was found floating 86 miles offshore was a matter of pure providence. “This case, honestly, is an incredible result,” said Petty Officer 1st Class David Micallef, a spokesman for the US Coast Guard. New York Times.
“I think it shows the strong ties that the maritime community has with each other. We are grateful that he will soon be able to be on dry land. “
After confirming Bee’s identity, the Coast Guard search broke up. Bee chose to stay aboard the Angeles until its next scheduled stop in Wilmington, Delaware, where the Liberian container ship was ready to deliver a cargo of bananas.
“They are the nicest people ever,” Bee said humbly of the men who saved her life.
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