Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

Missing boaters found off Anclote Key

HUDSON — A Hudson couple missing since last Sunday has been located by the U.S. Coast Guard about 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.

Bogdan Makowski, 69, and Elizabeth Makowski, 61, were stranded on their 27-foot 1976 Allmand Hunter sailboat when the Coast Guard found them alive around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Their boat was towed to shore and the couple was provided food and water.

A friend reported the Makowskis missing Friday morning because they were supposed to return Tuesday. She had not heard from them since Sunday.

The couple was sailing last weekend when their motor died, Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley Johnson said. They called the boat's previous owner, who instructed them to contact BoatUS.

Johnson said either the call didn't go through to BoatUS or the couple never reached out.

Both Makowskis are in stable condition, according to a Coast Guard news release.

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