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USCG Rescues Sailor in Sinking SV 120 NM East of Palm Coast, Florida

USCG Rescues Sailor in Sinking SV 120 NM East of Palm Coast, Florida

UPDATE: March 23, 2021 From the Rescued Sailor In his own words: "thank you USCG & Garmin - for saving my life ++ Respect +++" UPDATE From the USCG March 7, 2021 - 1:00 pm JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescued a 65-year-old man,...

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Diver Missing Off Vandenberg Wreck Key West, Florida

Diver Missing Off Vandenberg Wreck Key West, Florida

MIAMI — Divers from a commercial dive company found the missing 50-year-old diver Jordan Fisher in the Vandenberg wreck off Key West at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday. A Coast Guard Cutter Brant search crew brought her body ashore.  A commercial dive company employee called Sector Key West...

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BOLO: SV “Sultans Of Swing” Canaries to Martinique or Guadeloupe

BOLO: SV “Sultans Of Swing” Canaries to Martinique or Guadeloupe

Update: February 22, 2021 AIS & Marine Traffic data confirm SV Sultans of Swing have arrived in Guadeloupe. NON-EMERGENCY BOAT WATCH UPDATE 1200 HRS UTC 21 FEB 2021: RCC MADRID advised the reporting party has received information the vessel is headed to either Martinique or Guadeloupe, and...

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BOLO For Cable Ship Off Barranquilla, Colombia

BOLO For Cable Ship Off Barranquilla, Colombia

Valid 1513 Hrs UTC, 20 Feb 2021: All Vessels in the area North of Barranquilla, Colombia should be on the lookout for this cable ship and give her a wide berth. 201513Z FEB 21 NAVAREA IV 162/21(24). CARIBBEAN SEA. COLOMBIA. 1. BUOYS ESTABLISHED BY CABLESHIP "IT INTREPID": A. BLACK BUOY MARKING...

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BOLO: Non Emergency For SV Kon Tiki Bahamas to Key West Florida

BOLO: Non Emergency For SV Kon Tiki Bahamas to Key West Florida

UPDATE: February 15, 2021 - SV KON TIKI has been located and is safe in Key West. __________________________ Boatwatch.org has issued a NON-EMERGENCY BOAT WATCH for the SV KON TIKI who was due to arrive Monday morning in Key West, FL from a voyage from Great Inagua Cay, Bahamas. Last SSB contact...

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BOLO: SV “Sultans Of Swing” Canaries to Martinique or Guadeloupe

BOLO: SV Silent Thunder Boot Key to Berry Islands, Bahamas

On February 12, 2021, USCG advised that SV Silent Thunder has been located by USCG aircraft in the Bahamas and in no distress. Cancel BOLO. _________________________________________________________________________ Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network and Other Nets Non-Emergency...

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Derelict Vessel Adrift Off Southern Tip Of Dominica Eastern Caribbean

UPDATE: MRCC Fort De France reports the ship was recovered and towed to Martinique Island. They confirm that it is no longer a hazard.   MRCC Fort De France issued a NavSafety Alert on 26 Jan 2021 for a derelict and capsized 9 meter sailing vessel adrift in position 15-00.48 N / 060-26.12 W....

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SV My Time Overdue On Passage From New Orleans, LA to Tampa, FL

SV My Time Overdue On Passage From New Orleans, LA to Tampa, FL

UPDATE: January 31,2021 - USCG RCC New Orleans, LA advised this morning the SV MY TIME was located off of Mobile, AL and safely towed into Mobile by a commercial towing company. The SV MY TIME had a collision with a commercial fishing vessel, and got their prop fouled in nets, and were unable to...

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Non Emergency BOLO For SV Rula Bula Key West To Dry Tortugas

  UPDATE Dec. 30, 2020: USCG Sector Key West reports SV RULA BULA has been located in the Marquesa Islands via AIS. Cancel BOLO. _________________________________________________________________________________________ A Non-Emergency Boatwatch for the SV RULA BULA has been issued. Its...

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SV Activates Epirb, Australia

SV Activates Epirb, Australia

Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network and Other Nets 2313 hrs UTC, 29 DEC 2020 JRCC Australia has asked all vessels in the vicinity of 24-32.7S / 152-48.3E to Be On The Lookout (BOLO) for a 12 meter sailing vessel which activated their 406 MHz EPIRB. Assist if possible and report...

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BOLO: SV Pazuzu Overdue On Passage From Bermuda to Puerto Rico

BOLO: SV Pazuzu Overdue On Passage From Bermuda to Puerto Rico

UPDATE: 1800 UTC 12 DEC 2020 Very good news, Mr David Randolph, father of single handed sailor NICK RANDOLPH received a SPOT message indicating his son is located at 20 00 N / 065 50 W. All is well on board and we can cancel this Non-Emergency Boat Watch. Glad the SPOT device decided to start...

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BOLO: Broadhurst Reef to Townsville, Australia

BOLO: Broadhurst Reef to Townsville, Australia

Cancel Bolo: Vessel located Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network and Other Nets The Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC), Australia, has requested all vessels BOLO (Be On Lookout) for a 7 meter vessel with four (4) persons on board which is overdue on a voyage from BROADHURST...

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BOLO: Non Emergency For SV Kon Tiki Bahamas to Key West Florida

USCG Requests Assistance For Drifting Boat Off Bimini, Bahamas

UPDATE: 10:15 hrs, 27NOV2020: Cancel Bolo. The owner has advised Boatwatch that he has made repairs and is headed into Bimini. _____________________________ Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network and Other Nets BOLO:0800 hrs, 27 NOV 2020: USCG Miami requested mariners be on the...

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USCG & SPOT Device Assists SV Weatherbird On Passage to Puerto Rico

USCG & SPOT Device Assists SV Weatherbird On Passage to Puerto Rico

UPDATE: 1231 HRS 26 NOV 2020 Weatherbird was towed to Mayaguez, PR and is now at anchor. Everyone is safe and now resting. Thanks to USCG San Juan for their assistance. Happy Thanksgiving! Regards, David Pyle Blue Water Sailing School http://www.bwss.com ________________________________ UPDATE...

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Stolen Shrimp Boat From Murrells Inlet, SC Found Near Georgetown, SC

Stolen Shrimp Boat From Murrells Inlet, SC Found Near Georgetown, SC

UPDATE 1445 HRS, 01 NOV 2020: The USCG Sector Charleston, SC notified Boatwatch.Org the F/V LILA LEE has been located on the beach North of Georgetown, SC. The owner is working with a commercial towing company to tow the boat off the beach to a location where it can be inspected for damage. The...

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Body Of Overdue Boater Recovered Near Groton Long Point, Conn.

Body Of Overdue Boater Recovered Near Groton Long Point, Conn.

October 31,2020 - UPDATE: Body of overdue boater from Groton, Conn., recovered NEW YORK — The body of Matthew Lyon, 49, was recovered Saturday north of Great Gull Island, N.Y., after he was reported overdue from a boating trip in a 14-foot boat that started at the Groton Elks Lodge and Marina in...

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Bodies Recovered of Two Men In Jon Boat Georgetown South Carolina

Bodies Recovered of Two Men In Jon Boat Georgetown South Carolina

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE MARITIME MOBILE SERVICE NET UPDATE 29 SEP 20: The Coast Guard concluded its search Tuesday for two men near Winyah Bay. After searching more than 1,603 square miles for over 77 hours, officials were able to locate both of the men. The South Carolina Department of Natural...

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SV BONOBO Located Safely On Passage From Mexico to Rio Dulce

SV BONOBO Located Safely On Passage From Mexico to Rio Dulce

Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets UPDATE September 9, 2020: SV BONOBO has been located at the entrance to the Rio Dulce River without wind and no engine. They are attempting  to arrange a tow and are on VHF CH 16. No further Maritime Mobile Service Broadcast is...

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SV Cool Change Overdue to Bahamas

SV Cool Change Overdue to Bahamas

UPDATE 1345 hrs, 15 July 2020 CANCEL THE NON-EMERGENCY BOAT WATCH SV COOL CHANGE, 49' Hunter, overdue in Bahamas. PLEASE CANCEL THE LOOKOUT. THE VESSEL HAS BEEN LOCATED APPROACHING BIMINI AT THIS TIME. Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets NON-EMERGENCY BOAT WATCH...

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One Dead, One Missing Off Bimini, Bahamas, After Boat Runs Aground

One Dead, One Missing Off Bimini, Bahamas, After Boat Runs Aground

UPDATE: July 04, 2020 Cancel Bolo USCG and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has called off the search for the one missing boater off Bimini. ************************************ BOLO: Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Royal Bahamas Police Marine Division and a United States Coast Guard are looking for...

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BOLO: SV Breeze St. Thomas to Grenada

BOLO: SV Breeze St. Thomas to Grenada

UPDATE: July 2, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Cancel BOLO: Non Emergency & Overdue SV Breeze - St. Thomas to Grenada SV Breeze has arrived safely in Grenada, Port Louis.   SV Breeze is a navy blue hull 44 foot Morgan Sloop Center Cockpit with single handed captain Randy Chambers aboard. SV Breeze...

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SV Cap du Gard & Yann Guerin Fire At Marina Horta

SV Cap du Gard & Yann Guerin Fire At Marina Horta

UPDATE: June 19, 2020 Cruisers in Marina Horta have advised Captain Yann Guerin's S/V Cap du Gard has exploded and caught on fire. He has been airlifted to a hospital in Lisbon suffering from severe burns. Please keep him in your prayers.  Update: June 17, 2020 Good news from friends of Captain...

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BOLO For Hazard To Navigation Plane Crash West of Marco Island, FL

BOLO For Hazard To Navigation Plane Crash West of Marco Island, FL

 BOLO for a Hazard to Navigation - 18.5 NM West of Marco Island, Florida. 30 FOOT WHITE WITH RED TRIM AIRCRAFT - Tail Number N619J - ADRIFT at  25-56.895N    082-05.918W.   KEY WEST, Fla. – Two people were rescued by members of the Naval Air Station in Key West Monday morning, 01 June 2020...

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USCG Searching For Overdue Person On Jet Ski Dauphin Island, Alabama

USCG Searching For Overdue Person On Jet Ski Dauphin Island, Alabama

CANCEL BOLO FOR MISSING JET SKIER NEAR DAUPHIN ISLAND, AL. Great news. At 1124 hrs ET the US Coast Guard notified Boatwatch that Mr. Brian Duff was located by a Good Samaritan near Dauphin Island Alabama. Please cancel this lookout. ************************************************ Broadcast...

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BOLO: Overdue”SV Chuckahui Kai” Oahu to Maui, Hawaii

BOLO: Overdue”SV Chuckahui Kai” Oahu to Maui, Hawaii

UPDATE: By Dillon Ancheta | June 8, 2020 at 9:27 PM HST  - Updated June 9 at 4:38 AMHONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Coast Guard has found four people aboard what was reported as an overdue sailboat.Officials said the SV Chuckahui Kai was found about 65 nautical miles south of Oahu at...

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BOLO: FV MISTER MARCO Adrift Off Barnegat Inlet New Jersey

BOLO: FV MISTER MARCO Adrift Off Barnegat Inlet New Jersey

CANCEL BOLO FOR F/V MISTER MARCO Good News. The USCG advised at as of 0557 hrs, EDT, 02 June 2020, the sister ship to the FV MISTER MARCO has assisted the disabled vessel, and is towing her back to Rhode Island. Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets The 72 foot...

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BOLO for SV MAXIM Overdue Thailand to Maldives and Mauritius

Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets Cancel A Non Emergency BOLO that was issued for SV MAXIM, a German flagged Contest 34 foot sloop and Single Handler German Captain Frank Wilters, age 58.Captain Wilters left Phuket Thailand on March 11, 2020 on a passage to...

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Stolen SV RED HOT St. Thomas USVI Found

Stolen SV RED HOT St. Thomas USVI Found

Cancel BOLO FOR STOLEN 33' SLOOP "RED HOT" FROM LINDBERGH BAY, NEAR WATER ISLAND ST THOMAS USVI. Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets UPDATE: Cancel BOLO For Sailing Vessel "RED HOT". USCG notified Boatwatch April 30, 2020, that a good Samaritan found the vessel...

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Two Bahamian Fishermen Missing Old Bahama Channel To Cuba

Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets UPDATE 2200 HRS 06 APRIL 2020: CANCEL BOLO FOR THE TWO BAHAMIAN FISHERMEN ADRIFT SINCE 26 MARCH 2020. THEY HAVE BEEN FOUND SAFE IN CUBA! Captain Chris Lloyd of BASRA advised these 2 men are reported to be in Cuba in the custody...

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BOLO SV Friendship & SV Josee Roatan/Cayman/Jamaica

BOLO SV Friendship & SV Josee Roatan/Cayman/Jamaica

Update: SV Friendship and SV Josee safely arrived in Grand Cayman on April 6, 2020. --------------------------------------------------------- Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets Update: April 6, 2020 Cayman Authorities have made contact with both boats. They are...

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BOLO SV Charlie Passage Namibia to Gambia

BOLO SV Charlie Passage Namibia to Gambia

UPDATE:April 5, 2020 - The Netherlands Coast Guard estimate travel at 5knots from last position know, which was 28 March which would put him in Gambia in several days depending on wind. Boatwatch has placed this case in Unresolved. A non-emergency BOLO has been issued for SV Charlie with solo...

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Cancel BOLO For SV DOUCH CANOE

Cancel BOLO Cruisers in Roatan have verified that Douch Canoe is safe in Isla Guanaja, Honduras. The message is as follows:  The boat Duche Canoe is in the Bight in Guanaja. Safe and sound. It was announced on our daily net. A boat in the Anchorage is trying to get a message to him to ring his...

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Bahamas Defense Force Recovers Highfield Dinghy

Bahamas Defense Force Recovers Highfield Dinghy

CANCEL BOLO FOR THE DINGHY We have good news. The captain of the S/V FREAK N AWESOME received correspondence from the Royal Bahamas Defense Force who advised their 11.5 foot Highfield Dinghy with a 25 HP Yamaha outboard has been recovered and is waiting for them to claim it in Nassau. The...

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MV Poison and Captain Jewel Johnson Missing Louisiana/Texas ICW

MV Poison and Captain Jewel Johnson Missing Louisiana/Texas ICW

UPDATE: March 3, 2020 15:30 CANCEL BOAT WATCH. UPDATE 1530 hrs, 03 Mar 2020. USCG RCC New Orleans called Boatwatch.org to say as a direct result of cruisers reading about the Boatwatch, several cruisers called them giving them information to locate the missing boater and his boat. The USCG wished...

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BOLO: SV ODYLE Overdue South Pacific

BOLO: SV ODYLE Overdue South Pacific

Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets Cancel BOLO: SV ODYLE Overdue South Pacific  Be on the lookout for SV ODYLE, a Class C Tall Ship, hailing port San Francisco, with Abraham, wife Susan, two children, Saoirse and Ciam on board. They were last heard from in a...

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BOLO: SV Echo Du Large Captain Nicholas Berson Eastern Caribbean

BOLO: SV Echo Du Large Captain Nicholas Berson Eastern Caribbean

BOLO: Canceled February 6, 2020 by MRCC Fort de France for SV Echo DU Large, Captain Nicholas Berson. They are safe. Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets February 1, 2020 - A BOLO has been issued by MRCC Fort de France for SV ECHO DU Large and Captain Nicholas...

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Cancel BOLO For SV LA Morrigane Carriacou to Martinique

Cancel BOLO For SV LA Morrigane Carriacou to Martinique

UPDATE: February 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM - Cancel BOLO - MRCC has advised SV LA MORRIGANE has safely arrived in Martinique. Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets February 2, 2020 - BOLO for OVERDUE VESSEL - SV LA MORRIGANE is reported overdue on a passage from Carriacou...

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Captain Rescued by Cargo Ship Boat Ashore Tanzania Africa

Captain Rescued by Cargo Ship Boat Ashore Tanzania Africa

Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets UPDATE - 1400 Zulu Time or 9:00 AM Eastern Time  - The boat and captain have been identified on social media as SV ARCANA and Captain Guiseppe Loreto. The Italian Captain was rescued by a Chinese cargo ship and is safe in a...

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Cancel Non-Emergency Boat Watch For SV JOY In Bahamas

The USCG Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) Miami has Canceled this BOLO - The SV Joy was contacted and safe at anchor. NON-EMERGENCY BOLO FOR S/V JOY- Waderick Wells Cay, Bahamas The USCG Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) Miami has asked Boatwatch.org assistance in locating the S/V JOY with JOHN...

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BOLO: SV Brendan and Captain Frank Baudet – Carriacou, Grenadines

BOLO: SV Brendan and Captain Frank Baudet – Carriacou, Grenadines

UPDATE: Jan. 22, 2020 RCC Martinique and the family of the missing sailor have requested that no further BOLO be issued for Captain Franck Baudet of SV Brendan. Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets Bolo for Sailing Vessel Brendan and solo Captain Franck Baudet...

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Cancel BOLO: Bodies of Two Andros Island Fishermen Found

Cancel BOLO: Bodies of Two Andros Island Fishermen Found

Broadcast Version For Maritime Mobile Service Network & Other Nets The bodies of two missing Andros fisherman have reportedly been found in waters off a nearby cay. The men left on Christmas Day from Lowe Sound in a 25- foot Mako for Northwest Channel. ------------------------------- NASSAU,...

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BOLO: Two Fishermen Adrift Off Culebra, Puerto Rico

BOLO: Two Fishermen Adrift Off Culebra, Puerto Rico

Cancel BOLO: Two fishermen have been found. FAJARDO, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard ended the search for two overdue boaters Monday following their rescue from Culebrita Island, Puerto Rico. Samuel Osorio, 28, and another man in his 30's, were reported by the wife of Osorio to be safe after they...

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Cancel Bolo For Missing or Stolen SV Eclipse South Miami

Cancel Bolo For Missing or Stolen SV Eclipse South Miami

CANCEL BOATWATCH FOR FOR A 42’ TAYANA NAME ECLIPSE HAILING PORT BOSTON, MA. The owner with the assistance of an aircraft located the vessel grounded on a mud bank. Arrangements are being made to tow the boat off the bank. Thank all of you who shared this post. A very happy ending just in time for...

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Abacos Four Lifted From Commercial Fishing Vessel

UPDATE:  CANCEL CALL FOR ASSISTANCE.  KINGFISHER, a commercial Bahamian fishing vessel, CONDITION STABILIZED AS OF December 16, 2019 at 0700 Eastern Time. A big thank you to Eddie Whan, Chairman of BASRA for the following information and coordinating the rescue effort last night. BASRA launched a...

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SV My Time Overdue On Passage From New Orleans, LA to Tampa, FL

USCG Suspends Search For Missing Boater Off Sanibel Island, Florida

VALID 25 NOV 2019 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard ended its search for a missing man after a Coast Guard Station Ft. Myers 29-foot Response Boat—Small boat crew located a man near the southeast side of Sanibel Island, Monday. The Station Ft. Myers RB—S boat crew located a deceased man two...

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Boat Stolen From Naples Found In Mexico

Boat Stolen From Naples Found In Mexico

Update: Stolen boat out of Naples marina impounded by Mexican government for gun-running https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KSMRF0rE9I The boat has been found more than 500 nautical miles away in Mexico. Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 5:39 PM EST by Alex Howard NAPLES, Fla. - A stolen boat out of a...

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Cancel Sailboat Lady Lana Boat Watch Norfolk to St. Thomas

Update: Cancel NON-EMERGENCY BOAT WATCH FOR SV LADY LANA PLEASE CANCEL BOLO FOR THE SV LADY Lana At 0830 hrs Eastern Time, 22 NOV 2019, the USCG District 5 advised Boatwatch.org the SV LADY LANA has been located and no further action is requested by the USCG. The U.S. Coast Guard has...

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Sailor Missing Found off Cape Henry

Sailor Missing Found off Cape Henry

Boat Watch for SV Carol K - Bolo Canceled Update: Monday October 28, 2019 USCG confirms cancelation of Bolo. SSB Doo Dah radio net at 5 PM confirmed this good news. The Carol K. was spotted by an aerial crew out of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, approximately 100 miles off the coast of Cape...

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SV Minshara Dismasted, Adrift, Crew Rescued

SV Minshara Dismasted, Adrift, Crew Rescued

Update January 6, 2020: Correction to ships registry of vessel. Thank you to the South African Maritime Safety Authority for checking the registry of this vessel and making the following correction. Please note that this vessel is NOT a South African Registered vessel therefore she does not have...

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Stolen Catamaran Found in Cuba

Stolen Catamaran Found in Cuba

Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA)  HF Radio Service KPK is pleased to report the recovery of the catamaran SV KAISOSI which was stolen from an anchorage at Newfound Harbor in the Florida Keys at approximately 1200 hours on March 30, 2018.  The vessel was last seen traveling toward Key West...

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Murder in Paradise on SV Windancer, Panama

Murder in Paradise on SV Windancer, Panama

In January of 2011, M/V Tothill had just returned to full-time cruising in Florida after 10 years in the Caribbean. We initially received email and Single Side Band inquiries from worried cruisers located in the San Blas Islands of Panama about our good friend Don North. Don was a single handed...

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SV Spirit of Marisa, South Pacific

SV Spirit of Marisa, South Pacific

UPDATE: October 14, 2019 – Good News from the South Pacific The Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Papeete has confirmed that SV MARISA is safe in Fakarava lagoon since approximately October 13, 2019. A big thank you to SV Jacaranda, Chuck and Linda and other cruisers for the update. UPDATE: ...

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SPOT Locator Device activated, Bahamas

SPOT Locator Device activated, Bahamas

The USCG Rescue Coordination Center in Miami requested assistance from Boat Watch Net (Boatwatchnet.org) in locating a vessel which activated a SPOT Locator device at approximately 0658 hrs, 17 September 2019.  The activation was from position 21 05.595 N / 071 56.670 W or approximately 60 NM East...

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