Almost two weeks after a pair of boaters failed to return to Grays Harbor, Washington, on time, the U.S. Coast Guard says one of the two has been found alive.
The 13 metre (43 foot) vessel, Evening, left Grays Harbor on Oct. 12 and was expected to return on Oct. 15.
On Oct. 24, the U.S. Coast Guard announced it was searching for the two boaters and the missing vessel.
The next day, the agency updated that it suspended its search after searching over 22,531 square kilometres (14,000 square miles) for more than eight hours.
Then, on Oct. 25, the coast guard updated that a member of the public had found one of the two boaters alive in a life raft 112 kilometres (70 miles) northwest of Cape Flattery, Washington, which is west of Ucluelet. He was brought to shore by the Canadian Coast Guard and is reported to be in stable condition.
“The good Samaritan vessel came across the life raft this morning,” the U.S. Coast Guard tweeted. “The 2nd individual remains missing at this time. The incident remains under investigation.”
#UPDATE (2/2) The good Samaritan vessel came across the life raft this morning at the pinned spot on the attached map. Westport (the departure point of the missing vessel) is starred. The 2nd individual remains missing at this time. The incident remains under investigation.
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) October 26, 2023
Crews searched over 14,000 square miles for over 8 hours.
Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the missing people during this difficult time.
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) October 25, 2023