2 people and dog rescued 10 days after sailboat reported missing in Atlantic

Two people and a pet dog were rescued from a sailboat without power or fuel more than 200 miles off Delaware, the US Coast Guard said Tuesday, 10 days after last hearing from friends and relatives.

Kevin Hyde, 65, and Joe DiTomaso, 76, were sailing from Cape May, New Jersey, to Marathon, Florida. But they disappeared after their Atrevida II sailboat left the Outer Banks of North Carolina on December 3.

The Coast Guard was notified Sunday that the two sailors were overdue and launched a search that will stretch from Florida to New Jersey, the agency said. Coast Guard cutters and aircraft participated in the search, along with US Navy ships and commercial and recreational vessels.

2 people and dog rescued 10 days after sailboat reported missing in Atlantic
Kevin Hyde (left) and Joe DiTomaso, with their pet dog, after being rescued from their sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean about 200 miles off the coast of Delaware on December 14, 2022. Both were reported missing on December 3. ,

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The Coast Guard said Tuesday that Hyde and DiTomaso waved their arms to get the attention of the crew of the Silver Muna tanker off the coast of Delaware.

According to the Coast Guard, the sailboat’s lack of fuel or power disabled its radio and navigation equipment.

At a news conference in New York on Wednesday, Hyde praised the “diligence” of the Silver Muna’s crew.

“And they found us, and they realized we were on board and we were waving and things like that,” Hyde said. “Because by that time my masts were down, all the systems were silent. We were just hanging in the boat … He backed up, he looked at us, and he came around and he picked us up. It was amazing. is like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

Ditomasso said that the two went without water for the last two days before being rescued, and were forced to rely on extracting water from the beans they had on hand.

“And I bought these beans,” DiTomaso told reporters. “And the best thing about beans is that there’s water in them. They were soaked in water. And we were down sips at a time.”

The Coast Guard said the men and dog were brought aboard the tanker shortly after 4 p.m. An evaluation by the ship’s medical staff revealed no immediate concerns.

After arriving in New York Harbor, the Coast Guard assessed the two men before reuniting them with their family and friends.

“This is an excellent example of the combined efforts of the maritime community to ensure the safety of life at sea,” Coast Guard spokesman Daniel Schrader said in a statement.

the commander. Schrader also stressed the importance of traveling with sailors what is commonly known as an “EPIRB” or Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon. This allows people on the boat to quickly contact first responders in case of an emergency.

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