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December 14, 2022

Two people, dog rescued from missing N.J. sailboat found off Delaware coast

The U.S. Coast Guard located the vessel, which had departed from Cape May and had last been seen in North Carolina

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Atravida II, a 30-foot sailboat traveling from New Jersey to Florida, was missing for 10 days with two men and a pet dog on board. It was found off the coast of Delaware on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

A sailboat that went missing en route from Cape May to Florida was found Tuesday afternoon off the coast of Delaware, where the U.S. Coast Guard and its maritime partners rescued two men and a pet dog, officials said.

The 30-foot sailboat, named Atrevida II, was reported missing by the Coast Guard on Monday. It had last been seen Dec. 3 when it departed from Oregon Inlet, North Carolina with a final destination planned for Marathon, Florida. 

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The sailboat was spotted about 214 miles east of Delaware around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. The boat had run out of fuel and power, rendering its radios and navigation equipment inoperable, officials said.

UPDATE 2: The #sailboat Atrevida II has been found! 🛟⛵️ The #USCG, with assistance from the tanker vessel Silver Muna,...

Posted by U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command on Tuesday, December 13, 2022

The two men on the sailboat, Kevin Hyde, 64, and Joe DiTommasso, 76, and the dog were taken aboard the 600-foot tanker vessel Silver Muna. Medical staffers determined that they did not have any immediate health concerns. 

The Silver Muna took them to its next stop, in New York City. There, they were transferred to a Coast Guard vessel for further evaluation before being reunited with their families. 

During the search for the sailboat, the Coast Guard deployed multiple aircraft and received assistance from the U.S. Navy's Second Fleet, in addition to commercial and recreational vessels. The search covered a combined 21,164 square miles of water, spanning from northern Florida to the waters east of New Jersey.

"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 ... 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."