Lost boater who left Cuttyhunk for New Bedford found in Rhode Island

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U.S. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill participated in the rescue of a mission 80-year-old man. —Seaman Connor Gallagher/Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

Updated July 10

Peter Horan, an 80-year-old mariner who went missing at midday, was located aboard his boat Best Friend at the mouth of the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island at about 5:30 Monday evening, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Groll.

Station Menemsha contributed to a multiagency search for the 34-foot cruiser Best Friend and its captain, Peter Horan, who departed Cuttyhunk for New Bedford Monday morning.

When Horan didn’t reach New Bedford by noon, his caretaker notified authorities, Groll said. The Coast Guard deployed multiple surface assets, a Jayhawk helicopter, and an Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft to search for Horan and the Best Friend. The New Bedford police department, fire department, and harbormaster, along with the Mattapoisett harbormaster, Marion harbormaster, Westport harbormaster, and Dartmouth Police Department, also searched.

Coast Guard watchstanders monitoring Channel 16 overheard a sailboat hail the Best Friend and receive no response, Groll said. A Coast Guard crew was dispatched from Station Castle Hill to aid Horan. The crew escorted Horan and the Best Friend to Sakonnet Harbor in Little Compton, R.I., Groll said. Horan’s family and EMS personnel were waiting at the harbor, a release states. What caused Horan’s misadventure is not yet clear.

Little Compton Fire Chief Richard Petrin wrote in an email to The Times Monday night that Horan’s son planned to take him to a local hospital for evaluation.

“His boat is tied up at Sakonnet Point Club,” he wrote.

Sakonnet Club dockmaster Chris Brady told The Times the Best Friend was still docked at the club Tuesday afternoon.