UPDATE: Two missing men were found after they went missing while sailing to Florida, Coast Guard officials said Tuesday.
Joe DiTommasso and Kevin Hyde’s boat ran out of fuel and power, which meant they couldn’t use their radios or navigation equipment, authorities said. They were able to get the attention of crew on another boat by waving their arms and a flag.
The men, and a pet dog, were brought onto tanker vessel Silver Muna on Tuesday afternoon.
“This is an excellent example of the maritime community’s combined efforts to ensure safety of life at sea,” said Cmdr. Daniel Schrader, spokesperson for Coast Guard Atlantic Area. “We are overjoyed with the outcome of the case and look forward to reuniting Mr. Hyde and Mr. Ditomasso with their family and friends. We also want to highlight the importance of proper safety equipment and preparedness when going to sea. Having an emergency position indicating radio beacon, or ‘EPIRB’, allows mariners to immediately make contact with first responders in an emergency.”
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NEW JERSEY (PIX11) — Two men headed by boat from New Jersey to Florida have been reported missing, Coast Guard officials said Sunday.
Joe DiTommasso, 76, and Kevin Hyde, 64, left New Jersey from Cape Bay, authorities said. They were headed toward Marathon, Florida.
Their boat, Atrevida II, was last seen in Oregon Inlet, NC on Dec. 3, officials said. The boat may have stopped in Morehead City, NC. It’s a 30-foot Catalina with white sails and a bluish-purple hull.
If you or someone you know has any information regarding the missing boater, call the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Center at 757-398-6700.