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Boater fired flares after night search

Essex boater

A missing 61-year-old boater has been found in Essex Bay, Massachusetts, after firing flares to alert rescuers who searched through the night for him.

The Coast Guard and local authorities located Ted Gulvemond one August morning after he went out on his 21-foot Donzi boat. 

He set off three flares alerting Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod's HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew to his location.

Coast Guard Station Gloucester's 29-foot boat crew along with the Ipswich Harbormaster found Mr Gulvemond aground in the marsh on the Ipswich side of the Essex River.

Station Gloucester's boat was unable to reach Mr Gulvemond due to the shallow area, so two crew members from Gloucester drove to the Argilla road walked through the marsh and reached Mr Gulvemond.

The crew members from Gloucester met up with the Ipswich Harbormaster, who brought him to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

Petty Officer Joseph Page, a search and rescue planner at Coast Guard Sector Boston, says, "We are happy that Gulvemond was found safe and sound."

Mr Gulvemond’s wife called Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders at about 11 p.m. the previous evening after her husband left the dock at about 7pm. He usually spends an hour on the water but had not returned. 

Two 29- foot response boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Merrimack River and Gloucester, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane aircrews from Air Station Cape Cod, Essex Harbormaster, Ipswich fire department and Harbormaster, and Gloucester Harbormaster searched throughout the night. 

The photo shows Ted Gulvemond on his 21-foot Donzi in Essex Bay, Massachusetts and was supplied by USCG.

Aug 14, 2017