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Moment missing sailor, 62, is found alive, clinging to his capsized boat 86 MILES off Florida coast


A FLORIDA man was found clinging to the side of his capsized boat two days after he was reported missing by his family.

Stuart Bee, 62, was marooned in the Atlantic Ocean about 86 miles off the coast of Port Canaveral when he was spotted by the crew of the 225-foot-container ship Angeles on Sunday, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Veronica Dunn-Depretis told ABC News that Bee was not injured, and it was not clear why his 32-foot boat had capsized.

"He was clinging to that when they came across him and they pulled him up on their vessel," she said.

Photos show Bee miraculously swimming toward an orange lifesaving bouy and climbing onboard the Angeles.

Bee, who reportedly does not typically stay on his boat overnight, had sailed from Cape Marina in Port Canaveral on Friday and did not return, officials said in a news release.

Officials with the Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 Hercules aircrew from the Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater to locate the missing man.

The Coast Guard issued an Enhanced Group Calling to mariners located to watch out for Bee’s boat, called the Sting Ray, and report any findings.

"Saving lives at sea is our highest calling. This is a truly incredible outcome that demonstrates the bond among all mariners and our community," said Capt. Mark Vlaun, commanding officer of Sector Jacksonville.

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