As others have mentioned coastal cruising can be just as dangerous as an ocean crossing. I keep reminding my self that you don't have to be on an ocean passage for things to go bad. You can have all the rescue resources less than an hour even minutes away and still not make it:
As of 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, the Coast Guard was searching for a missing boater near Jacobs Point, New York, today. Missing is Ciro Stellgas, 59, of Selden, New York.
Riverhead Police Department notified Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound stating that they received a call at around 1:00 p.m. from an individual aboard a sailing vessel stating it was taking on water approximately 3 miles north of Jacobs Point.
According to Riverhead Police, Stellgas was reportedly sailing from James Creek, New York, on Thursday, headed to Port Washington aboard a 26í fiberglass sailboat named ďMACĒ with New York State registration number NY7059FR.
Agencies involved in the search:
An MH-60 helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod
A rescue crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Newport, R.I.
A 45-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Haven
A 45-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New London
Suffolk County Police Marine and Air division
Southbound cruiser fell off his Formosa 41 ketch without a life jacket while entering a N.J. inlet
Vanorsdell was making his first passage to the islands for the winter.
On the evening of Monday, Oct. 6, after a long day of sailing south along the New Jersey coast, Vanorsdell lowered his sails off Barnegat Inlet, his destination for the day. His body was found the following afternoon floating about four miles to the east in the Atlantic. New Jersey State Police, who with the Coast Guard searched for the Hanover, Mass., sailor, say he apparently slipped, fell overboard and drowned. It was an abrupt end to a longtime fantasy for the 61-year-old Vanorsdell, who friends say was heading south for the first time for a footloose winter in the islands.
Now the three boats were just off Barnegat Inlet. Vachon turned in before Myette, who looked back and saw Vanorsdell lowering his sails. All of the sails on Vanorsdellís Second Wind were hanked on, with no roller furling system. The headsail and main were down when Myette entered the inlet.
But looking back again, Myette saw Second Wind, with the mizzen still raised, sail past the end of the inlet. He took up his microphone and called Vanorsdell on the radio. There was no answer to his repeated calls, both on the radio and a cell phone.
A recreational angler nearby on a powerboat heard the calls and volunteered to check on Second Wind, Myette says. The angler found the engine running and the radio on, but no one on board.