The Canadian vessel Exception has arrived safely in St. Maarten after not reporting its position for several days, which lead the U.S. Coast Guard to land in Bermuda yesterday [Dec 6] as part off their search mission for the boat, which departed Bermuda on November 27.
A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “The sailing vessel ‘EXCEPTION’ arrived safely into the island of St. Maarten yesterday evening. The U.S. Coastguard C-130 aircraft positioned at L.F. Wade International Airport is due to return to the U.S. early this morning.”
During the search, the Duty Officer at the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre said, “The U.S. Coast Guard are currently searching for the 34ft white & blue Canadian flagged sloop ‘Exception’ which departed Bermuda on the 27th November bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Although having reported an expected arrival in San Juan on the 7th December, the single-handed sailor has not updated his position for a few days now by means of a ‘SPOT’ device, resulting in family members ashore raising the alarm.”