Re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
Strong southerly winds around the North Central Gulf (I'm in New Orleans) may have prompted a typical sailor proceeding (let's say) west from Pensacola to seek shelter, meaning inside the FL/AL/MS barrier island chain. Big persistent rain sat night and all day sunday, moving east from new orleans. Now a really stiff northerly breeze means the same thing--shelter. So it's been Small craft warnings for most of the past four days, probably into tomorrow too.
Without knowing his motive or itinerary, nevetheless these weren't favorable conditions for actually getting anywhere. so he may not have gotten that far from Pensacola? And in the Gulf Intracoastal waterway, there are many opportunities to get set aground in the sand by the strong winds, which would be good in a way, it would draw attention to this boat without being too dangerous, since the Sound (Miss, Al) is sheltered, at least away from the breaks between the islands.
Has the Coast Guard included his boat's description in their Broadcast Notices to Mariners? that's probably the best thing for locating him. Not much pleasure traffic out there in December. But oilfield traffic's always around once you get near Louisiana, and they would monitor their radios.
I may be telling you what you already know, or have guessed. but no news isn't necessarily bad news, as others have pointed out. Lots of places to drop the hook and wait for better weather for anyone so inclined.
God bless, good luck, and best wishes to you, and him.
Last edited by nolatom; 12-23-2013 at 05:48 PM.