Search for three missing Bahamian boaters ends

Search for three missing Bahamian boaters ends

Men arrived safely in The Bahamas Saturday after disabled boat was towed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Unites States (U.S.) Coast Guard ended its search Saturday for three Bahamian men who were reported overdue after failing to arrive in The Bahamas after leaving Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

The men reported that their vessel became disabled around five miles north of Andros Island and a good Samaritan towed them to Red Bay, Bahamas.

The men then contacted authorities to advise them that they were safe.

The men were on board a 21-foot white cabin cruise

The Coast Guard reportedly searched nearly 22,000 square nautical miles for the men.

The search lasted over 90 hours.

In a statement, the U.S. Coast Guard urged people to be prepared when taking to the sea, especially for longer voyages.

“A VHF-radio, extra food and water, life jackets and flares are just a few of the things that can keep you prepared while you’re out on the water,” the Coast Guard said.

“Filing a float plan is also key before you head out.

“It’s as easy as telling family and friends where you’re going to; coming from and for how long, so they have all the important information if they need to make the call for help.”