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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  • alan hart

    Should have let nature take its course.

    • judo-cide

      he was 66 anyway….it’s almost time. hahaha

  • PeteM

    They should be cited and made to pay the cost of the resscue. No radio on board? IDIOTS!

  • BikeRider

    it’s not like they asked for help (whether they could have or not)… And it didn’t even say if they really were in trouble, or if they just extended their trip and didn’t tell anyone. I just hope they didn’t run out of beer!!

  • Skipper & Gilligan

    Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
    A tale of a fateful trip
    That started from this tropic port
    Aboard this tiny ship.

    …shouldn’t have gone on that three hour tour…a three hour tour.

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  • judo-cide

    you can’t fly anywhere you want…you can’t sail anywhere you want….and really you can’t even drive anywhere you want….

    where did our balls go?

  • fp

    Well, we know they weren’t smuggling intelligence. And they didnt need a VHF radio, they had 2 coconut shells and some fishing line.

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