The sailboat that appeared to be adrift in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week was later discovered not to be in distress, according to the on-duty watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Mobile.
The Coast Guard responded to a sailboat adrift in the Gulf at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday after they received a report from crew members aboard an NOAA ship, the Gordon Gunter. They said a 30-foot sailboat named My Time appeared to be floating adrift approximately 80 nautical miles south of Cape San Blas in Gulf County.
The sailboat appeared to have electronics operating, sails stowed and did not respond to radio calls or the ship’s horn. The NOAA vessel was not able to deploy their small boat for further investigation because of rough seas, according to a press release from the Coast Guard Mobile Sector.
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched a Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk air crew to investigate, but due to deteriorating weather they returned to base. When weather permitted, the Coast Guard conducted another flyover and saw a person on board.
"They saw someone on board the vessel waving to them, so there was no distress," a Coast Guard watchstander said Friday.