Amazing Photo Shows Man Clinging To Hull Of Capsized Boat The Moment He Is Rescued 86 Miles At Sea

A 62-year-old man was discovered desperately clinging to the hull of his capsized boat in the waters off the Florida coast on Sunday — about 24 hours after he was reported lost at sea, officials said.

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A man was clinging to his capsized boat and at the same time clinging to life when he was luckily in the same area of a passing container ship in the vast Atlantic Ocean. Despite drifting some 86 miles off Florida’s east coast, a boater was rescued by a wonderful chance of good fortune.

Stuart Bee departed the Cape Marina in Port Canaveral on Friday, November 27, in his 32-foot Sea Ray. When he didn’t return that night, his family notified the Coast Guard, which radioed an emergency message to commercial ships far offshore to be on the lookout for Bee.

“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,” according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

On Sunday at around 11 a.m., the crew of the 225-foot contained vessel named “Angeles” caught a glimpse of Bee.

Bee’s boat had capsized, and luckily for him, it did not sink completely. An incredible photo shows Bee clinging to the boat’s hull, which was sticking out of the water about 4 feet. The crew tossed an orange life ring to pull him to safety.

“It’s amazing. It’s 86 miles offshore,” U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Veronica Dunn-Depretis told ABC News of Bee surviving the accident, adding that he’s lucky to be alive. It wasn’t confirmed how his boat capsized.

Incredibly, Bee was not injured. “He is OK. We’re receiving reports from the motor vessel (Angeles) that there were no medical concerns,” Dunn-Depretis said.

Lacruiser P. Relativo, a service provider mariner onboard the Angeles, shared a photo of him and the saved man.

“I choose to offer him my ‘lucky shirt.’ I could give him a new one but this 1 is my favorite,” Relativo tweeted. “I wish him the same comfort this shirt has given me during those tiring job interviews. Just like him, I was lucky to get the job. He was lucky too that our course crossed near Atlantic.”

Capt. Mark Vlaun, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Jacksonville sector, said, “Saving lives at sea is our highest calling.”

“This is a truly incredible outcome that demonstrates the bond among all mariners and our community,” Vlaun said. “Thank you to our mission partners that launch into action and to all who got the word out to find and rescue Mr. Bee.”