Coast Guard suspends search for sailor missing from boat found off Cape Elizabeth

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for 80-year-old Richard Pratt on Friday, Aug. 4, pending any further developments.

The search of waters from Maine to New Hampshire began after Pratt’s unmanned 33-foot sailboat was found around 6:15 p.m. Aug. 3 on Richmond Island.

The Coast Guard expanded water and air searches the next morning from Kettle Cove and Richmond Island to Boon Island after finding Pratt’s log book in the boat.

According to Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Bryant, Pratt kept a very detailed log that led the Coast Guard to believe he may be near Boon Island, where he made his most recent entry around noon the previous day after leaving his home port of Cohasset, Massachusetts, Aug. 1.

Other agencies in the search included Maine Marine Patrol, the Cape Elizabeth Water Extraction Team, and the Saco and Scarborough fire departments.

Bryant said anyone with information about Pratt or the sailboat was asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 767-0303.