EASTPORT, Maine — An air and water search by the U.S. Coast Guard for a missing 24-year-old Machias woman ended well Thursday after the woman turned out to be sleeping on a nearby boat.
Eastport police notified Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 3 a.m. that Amanda Brown’s car was found empty at the Eastport breakwater, where it was reported to have been parked for more than an hour, a Coast Guard press release said.
The police contacted Brown’s father, who made several unsuccessful attempts to reach her on her cell phone.
BMC Jim Malcolm, Station Eastport, said in a telephone interview Thursday that the Coast Guard deployed its 25-foot response boat, 41-foot utility boat and a Jayhawk helicopter out of Air Station Cape Cod.
“We were searching both sides of the border,” he said. “We searched in the vicinity of Indian Island, Deer Island [in New Brunswick] and U.S. waters along the shores of Eastport.”
Around 7:30 a.m., while officials were seeking other people who might have information about the missing woman, Brown emerged from one of the boats tied to the pier. “She was asleep,” Malcolm said.
Coast Guard officials said because of safety concerns they had to err on the side of caution.
“When we get a report of a missing person in the water, we can’t afford to hesitate — we have to hit it hard and fast,” Lt. Lisa Tinker, Sector Northern New England’s command center supervisor, said in the press release. “We were all just really relieved that she was safe.”