Coast Guard finds grounded boat, dog aboard but no boater; search for missing LI man suspended

Ralph Fletcher’s boat was found with his dog aboard. (Nassau County Police Department)

GLEN COVE, N.Y. — Authorities says a search for a missing boater that started after a grounded vessel was discovered with a dog on board and a man’s cell phone and wallet left behind has been suspended.

The Coast Guard says they were notified Saturday evening that a 21-foot boat had been grounded near Glen Cove, New York, with personal items and a dog still on board. The Coast Guard searched an area of 225 nautical square miles around the Long Island location where the boat was found before suspending the search on Sunday.

The missing boater has been identified as Ralph Fletcher, 58.

He is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and was last seen at Garvies Point Marina.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding the above missing person to contact Nassau County Missing Persons Squad at 516-573-7347 or call 911.  All callers will remain anonymous.