US Coast Guard rescues boater stranded in Bahamas

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Posted: Dec 16, 2014 3:09 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A man who was adrift on an inflatable dinghy for five days and then stranded on a small, uninhabited island in The Bahamas has been rescued, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

A Coast Guard patrol spotted Larry Sutterfield on Cay Sal Bank, in the Western Bahamas between Cuba and Florida. Video shot by the rescue crew showed the 39-year-old emerging from a small tent on the island and waving frantically to attract their attention.

Petty Officer John-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Sutterfield had set out from Marathon in the Florida Keys on a camping trip when he was pulled out to sea. The man, who is originally from Illinois but whose hometown was not available, had not been reported missing.

Sutterfield had been on Cay Sal Bank for about a day when he was found by chance.

The Coast Guard took him to back to the Florida Keys for medical treatment but "no major medical concerns were reported," according to a press release.