A wide-ranging search for the owner of a sailboat was called off late Saturday after the boat owner called the Coast Guard to identify himself.
The an unmarked 13-foot Hobie Cat was found washed ashore near Lake Tashmoo on the Vineyard Friday, triggering an air and sea search from Naushon to the Vineyard on Saturday.
Watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received a call late Friday from Island law enforcement officials about the sailboat that had washed ashore, the Coast Guard said in an announcement early Saturday. The announcement said the sailboat had the sail up and the rudder down and was reported to have lines hanging and dirty footprints on the deck.
On Saturday morning at first light crews from station Woods Hole and station Menemsha, an aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod and the cutters Ridley and Hammerhead began canvassing the area for possible people in the water, the Coast Guard said. Local police went from house to house in the nearby area in attempt to locate the owner.
The Coast Guard had asked anyone with information about the boat and its owner to call its command center.
A second announcement went out late Saturday that the owner of the boat had called to say he had left the boat on the shore. The Coast Guard did not identify the boat owner.
But the Coast Guard said in its statement that the incident illustrates the need for boat owners to document their boats and make them identifiable.
“We have multiple crews searching the entire body of water from Naushon Island to Martha’s Vineyard but we don’t have any additional information about the vessel or its owner,” the statement said.