Missing Boaters Found Off Catalina Coast

AVALON (CBS) — Two Dana Point sailors overdue from a trip to Catalina’s Avalon Harbor were found in good condition Wednesday.

The pair left a “float plan” with their families but didn’t stick to it, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Adam Eggers said.

Family members reported the two missing when they were not back in port by Tuesday night.

Albert Bosco, 66, the skipper, and Kirk Williams were spotted a few miles south of Avalon about 4 a.m. Wednesday in good condition aboard their 26-foot sailboat, but Eggers said the vessel was poorly equipped.

“They didn’t even have a VHF radio,” he said.

The sailors were escorted back to Avalon Harbor. Eggers said investigators were talking to the skipper and deciding if he should be cited, but he said the Coast Guard rarely went after people for search-and-rescue costs, unless the report of a missing person can be proven to be intentionally false.

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