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sweetcarolinesue 12-21-2013 12:37 PM

Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
My husband Roy L. Hackett is a missing endangered person. He was last seen Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in Pensacola, FL. He left on his sailboat and has not been seen since. He is believed to have taken a dog with him (golden lab cross) heading toward the Floriday Keys or toward Texas. He was previously employed as a commercial diver, has been working in boat maintenance for the past couple years. Roy had been living on his sailboat at a marina in Pensacola, FL.

Sailboat description: 1984 - 36’ Mao Ta cutter, double ender, 4’ bow sprint, fiberglass hull, fixed keel- 6’ draft, 48’ mast, teak rail, teak toe rail, main sail, stay sail, bag jib sail. Last painted cream with hunter green hip stripe and water line stripe. Brown sail covers (very worn). 10' hard side white dinghy. Previous name on boat “Summer” but removed fall 2013. Titled and registered in Pensacola, FL. Boat registration # 0242PG

I cannot believe this has happened.

Please forward to anyone along the coast line of the GOM.

Roy is 40 years old. 5'-10" tall, approx 185 pounds, brown/grey hair, blue eyes, wears glasses, has false tooth on right upper, numerous tattoos.

Please contact the Escambia County Sheriff's Department 850-436-9620, case number 036469 and myself 608-792-4897. He will be listed in the Flordia Missing Endangered Persons data base. The US Coast Guard has also been contacted.

I can post photos but I am new to this site and don't know how. I would like to reach out to all boating communities for help.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

manatee 12-21-2013 01:01 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
Sorry to hear of your troubles.

You will need 10 posts to be allowed to post images; just do a series of countdown posts in this thread. Here's our how-to-post-pictures thread.

Good luck to you both.


hellosailor 12-21-2013 01:29 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
There is no "Roy Hackett" (middle initials are not allowed/used) in the Florida missing endangered persons database as of this afternoon.

Seaduction 12-21-2013 03:06 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
I found him on this website just a minute ago:
FDLE Public Access System | Missing Persons Search

benesailor 12-21-2013 03:29 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
or running from?

hellosailor 12-21-2013 03:43 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
Oh DUH. Lastname, Firstname works. I foolishly thought they were asking for a name, in human sequence, when I entered it.

Must have been written by Chinese programmers to ask for lastname firstname.

Faster 12-21-2013 04:03 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
Pics added to the OP.... best wishes for a good outcome.

sharkbait 12-21-2013 07:03 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
It doesn't mean he's lost just because he didn't tell you where he was going.

capta 12-21-2013 07:24 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida
I wouldn't be too worried yet. It's only been four days, which is not excessively long if the winds were light and he's sailing solo. A boat like that might average 100 to 125 miles a day under sail and if he went nonstop and I believe KW is something over 600 miles from Pensi. I'm far away, but perhaps some of you on the Gulf coast and Fla west coast could chime in with the past week's weather. There are some places on the Fla west coast he could have pulled into, where he might not have communications as well.

benesailor 12-21-2013 07:32 PM

re: Missing endangered man on sailboat Florida

Come on - disorderly conduct should be a reason to run away?
I don't think so...
Didn't mean running from the law......

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