Owner of adrift dinghy in Rockland Harbor found safe

By Stephen Betts | Jan 07, 2018
Courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guard A dinghy was located adrift Sunday. Jan. 7, in Rockland Harbor.

Rockland — The owner of a dinghy adrift in Rockland Harbor was found safe late Sunday afternoon. Jan. 7, following an intensive land, sea and air search.

The Coast Guard had issued an alert earlier Sunday trying to locate Wesley Crandell. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., the Coast Guard announced he had been found safe on land.

Footprints and fresh food were discovered in the adrift dinghy that was found resting against an ice field about three-quarters of a nautical mile from the shore, according to the Coast Guard. The Maine Marine Patrol and Rockland police were assisting in the search.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod had been flying low over Rockland Harbor as sunset was approaching Sunday as part of the effort.

The dinghy had been connected to the sailboat Ad Air, with a home port of Melbourne, Fla., which is owned by Crandell.

 

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