A boater who got frustrated with being stranded on the water and went missing Sunday made it to land safely, the U.S. Coast Guard says.
Greg Thomson, 75, paddled a 19-foot skiff close to shore near Long Key, then disembarked and swam to shore, the Guard said Tuesday. The Guard had been searching for him Monday morning on the bayside of the Keys.
The Coast Guard was notified around 8:40 p.m. Sunday that Thomson was missing after the 36-foot sport fisher he and a friend were in, towing the skiff, broke down. The two notified SeaTow of their situation and asked for help. When a SeaTow crew arrived and began towing the two vessels, Thomson reportedly got frustrated with the situation and left on the skiff.
On Sunday, a Coast Guard Station Marathon boat and a helicopter from Miami were launched to search. On Monday morning, the Guard also sent an airplane to canvass the water.