3 years later, Mass. boat found off Spanish coast

The hull of a 26-foot pleasure craft was located off the northern coast of Spain, Jan. 17, 2012. The U.S. Coast Guard received the report from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Madrid Jan. 24, 2012, and was able to link the vessel to a search and rescue case that occurred Aug. 25, 2008, off the coast of Nantucket, Mass., during which, the Coast Guard responded to reports that two men were ejected from a vessel while attempting to cross a bar in 6 to 8-foot sea conditions.
Maritime Rescue Coordination Center
The hull of a 26-foot pleasure craft was located off the northern coast of Spain, Jan. 17, 2012. The U.S. Coast Guard received the report from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Madrid Jan. 24, 2012, and was able to link the vessel to a search and rescue case that occurred Aug. 25, 2008, off the coast of Nantucket, Mass., during which, the Coast Guard responded to reports that two men were ejected from a vessel while attempting to cross a bar in 6 to 8-foot sea conditions.
The Associated Press
Posted Jan. 25, 2012, at 6:05 p.m.

BOSTON — A small fishing boat lost off Massachusetts after its crew was thrown out in rough seas has been discovered near Spain more than three years later.

Scott Douglas and Rich St. Pierre were tossed off the 26-foot-long boat in August 2008 and forced to swim two hours to shore. The United States Coast Guard said the boat was left adrift because the seas were so dangerous.

But the Coast Guard said Wednesday that the boat was found 20 miles off Spain on Jan. 17. It was intact but covered in rust and barnacles.

The Coast Guard said the boat likely got into the Gulf Stream, then headed east with the North Atlantic Current for the 4,000-mile trip. The agency said such trans-Atlantic trips are rare, but not unheard of.

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