Boater reported missing near Long Key makes it to shore, Coast Guard says


LONG KEY, Fla. – A boater who was reported missing Sunday night near Long Key was found after he made it back to shore, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday.

Authorities said Greg Thomson, 75, was reported missing at 8:40 p.m. Sunday. He was last seen around Schooner Bank on a 19-foot skiff.

According to the Coast Guard, Thomson and a friend were towing the skiff when their 36-foot boat broke down. The men notified SeaTow of their situation and requested assistance, but Thomson got frustrated and left on the skiff, authorities said.

Coast Guard officials searched for Thomson by air and water, but said he eventually made it to shore on his own.

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