Coast Guard rescues 80-year-old man bound for New Bedford

Coast Guard rescues 80-year-old man bound for New Bedford. (U.S.C.G.)

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday rescued an 80-year-old man who was bound for New Bedford but never made it.

The Coast Guard said Peter Horan set sail from Cuttyhunk to New Bedford, but was found by Station Castle Hill near the Sakonnet River.

Horan's caretaker called watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England around 11:45 a.m., noting that Horan was missing in his 34-foot cabin cruiser, Best Friends, after he didn't return to New Bedford at noon.

“Coast Guard aircrews from Air Station Cape Cod and boat crews from Stations Woods Hole and Menemsha, along with crews from various partner agencies, scoured the Buzzards Bay area searching for Horan and his boat,” according to the Coast Guard, noting that crews searched about 425 square miles. “While monitoring Ch. 16 during the search, watchstanders overheard a radio hail from a good Samaritan in Rhode Island calling the vessel Best Friends. Watchstanders launched Station Castle Hill after determining the hail was coming from a sailing vessel near the Sakonnet River.”

Horan was rescued and escorted to loved ones, as well as medical professionals, who were waiting him at Sakonnet Harbor.

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