The United States Coast Guard suspended the extensive search that was mounted to find Peter Farrell, a US citizen that has gone missing since he departed Long Island, US for Jost Van Dyke on October 13.
The search was suspended last Friday, November 15.
According to a Newsday article, Farrell and his 28-foot sloop Blue Dog left Fire Island Inlet bound for the BVI last month. His Rottweiler Sunny was travelling with him.
Farrell was described to be an avid sailor with some 25 years-experience. He is said to have sailed from Long Island to the BVI on more than one occasion. Additionally, it was noted that he was set to arrive in Bermuda on November 12 before setting sail for Jost Van Dyke.
The search for the 72-year-old sailor commenced on November 7 and featured the scanning of some 300,000 square miles by plane. This search included the examination of areas in Long Island, Bermuda and Jost Van Dyke.
According to the article, the search was carried out by the Coast Guard of District 1 based in Boston. However, it was looked at as a needle in a haystack expedition and last Friday this search was suspended. The article said that the searchers felt that the pursuit had become too expansive. Further, it was mentioned that the case remains open, but the Coast Guard was putting the search on hold unless they get new leads.
Meanwhile, Farrell’s family is hoping and praying that all is well. They are especially hoping that a passing ship would have spotted the blue boat in the ocean and be able to give a lead.
The article also noted that days after Farrell had set sail there were reports of a cyclone and tropical storm Nestor. However, his family explained that the experienced sailor has survived bad weather before.`