On Saturday, the US Coast Guard successfully rescued a 25-year-old man, Charles Gregory, who had been reported missing for nearly two days after failing to return to a boat ramp in St. Augustine, Florida.
The Coast Guard’s HC-130 Hercules airplane located Gregory in his partially submerged 12-foot jon boat, approximately 12 miles offshore. Following the sighting, boat crews promptly pulled him from the water and transferred him to EMS at Vilano Beach Fishing Pier. Thankfully, Gregory did not have any medical concerns, as confirmed by the Coast Guard.
According to earlier reports from the Coast Guard, Gregory was last seen on Thursday night, departing from the Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp in the small and lightweight jon boat, known for its flat-bottomed design. Concerned for his safety, his family informed Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville on Friday when he hadn’t returned.
Footage released by the Coast Guard captured the moment of the rescue, showing Gregory sitting in the partially submerged boat, with its bow dipping below the water’s surface, just before the arrival of the rescue crews.
Fortunately, Charles Gregory is now back home, recovering from his ordeal, as confirmed by the owner of the surf shop where he works.