The Coast Guard ended its search for a missing boater after he was found safe at approximately 5:50 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Hoppy’s Landing, on West Island in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard found this boat, along with its owner. Photo/USCG

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole were notified by the Fairhaven Fire Department that Gary Alves, 57, of East Freetown, Massachusetts, had been located safely and was not in distress.

The Fairhaven Police Department is investigating the incident.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, were initially notified of a missing person at 6:00 p.m. Friday, from the New Bedford Police Department.

The police were contacted by Alves’s secretary, who reported that Alves had contacted her from aboard his sailboat at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Alves stated he would be returning in approximately 20 minutes.

It is reported that he intended to be on the water for 2-3 hours.

His sailboat was found ashore on the southern side of West Island, along with a cell phone and a bag containing some of his belongings.

Alves was reported to be wearing a black, long-sleeve thermal wetsuit.

Searching were members from:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.
  • Coast Guard Station Menemsha, Mass.
  • Coast Guard Station Woods Hole
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark
  • Mattapoisett, Mass., Fire and Rescue
  • New Bedford, Mass., Marine Police
  • Fairhaven Fire and Rescue


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