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Miraculous rescue: missing boater found clinging to the hull of capsized vessel

Port Canaveral, Florida - The missing 62-year-old boater was found alive 86 miles off the coast of Port Canaveral, clinging to the hull of his capsized vessel.

The incredible pictures of the man's rescue were taken by a crew member of the US Coast Guard Southeast. Stuart Bee (62) clings to his sinking boat when he was found (montage).
The incredible pictures of the man's rescue were taken by a crew member of the US Coast Guard Southeast. Stuart Bee (62) clings to his sinking boat when he was found (montage).  © Facebook/Bildmontage/U.S. Coast Guard Southeast

Almost 86 miles off the coast of Port Canaveral, Florida, the hull of a capsized boat was Stuart Bee's only hope for survival. The 62-year-old was rescued by a container ship crew on Sunday, just in the nick of time.

He'd been at sea for two days before he was discovered.

Bee's boat was unable to sail on Saturday due to mechanical problems, the US Coast Guard announced after the man's incredible rescue.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast, Bee woke up abruptly after midnight on Sunday, when "water rushed into the forward cabin and pushed him out of the front hatch of the vessel."

After sunrise, he spotted a motor vessel and was able to draw attention to himself. "This is a truly incredible outcome," said Mark Vlaun of the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville.

Bee sailed from Port Canaveral on Friday afternoon but did not return. A member at Cape Marina reported him missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard Southeast published photos of the incredible rescue on Facebook. The images show Bee clinging to the hull of his boat before swimming to a life buoy and boarding the motor vessel – immense relief written on his face.

The Coast Guard reports on the spectacular operation

Bee's incredible rescue story is causing quite a stir on the internet. So far, the post has received over 5,000 likes.

Cover photo: Facebook/Bildmontage/U.S. Coast Guard Southeast

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