Missing boater found on Barefoot Beach
Tourists found Bart Bailey after he swam ...
Bart Bailey was found exhausted, laying on Barefoot Beach. The 50-year-old told the couple that found him that his boat capsized on Wednesday afternoon 12-miles from shore and then swam to the beach.
“He was amazingly tough to me,” said Mike Gould.
The Goulds, from Minneapolis, Minn., found Bailey laying on the beach around 8 a.m. and did nothing at first. Forty-five minutes later, they asked if they could help.
Wearing jean shorts, a T-shirt, and a fishing cap, Bailey asked the Goulds to call his wife, Pepper.
“It is something to see and behold when you are just walking the beach,” Gould said.
Once EMS arrived, Bailey refused treatment, Gould said. He eventually took the aid and is being transported to North Naples Hospital.
Susan Bailey-Dunn, the boater's sister, said her brother is fully capable of taking care of himself when he's out in the water. "He's like a cat, he's got fish in his blood." Bailey-Dunn was at North Naples Hospital with her mother and was able to see her brother.
"He knows how not to panic in the water and that is the big thing," said Peg Bailey, the fisherman's mother.
Bart Bailey, who had been missing for most of the night, has been found at Barefoot Beach. Bailey appears to be in good health.
The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting an offshore search for a missing 50-year-old commercial fisherman who departed from Naples early Wednesday and didn’t return by nightfall.
The missing boater is Bart Bailey, a 50-year-old male, who possibly departed Kelly’s Fish House, according to the Coast Guard
The Coast Guard out of Fort Myers Beach was called by a family member of Bart Bailey, a commercial crabber, about midnight and the agency began a search by air and sea about six miles off Wiggins Pass, according to Petty Officer Justin Wainscott. It is believed Bailey departed from Kelly's Fish House.
Pepper Bailey, the missing man’s wife, said her husband has a cell phone with him but she couldn’t get hold of him.
She said the boat he is in is not very old.
“It’s a new boat for us, about six months,” she said, reached at her home in Golden Gate.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bailey are asked to contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at 727-824-7506.
Bailey was on a 24-foot center console boat but the Coast Guard officer would not disclose the man’s name or where he departed from, other to say he left out of Naples. The family member did not know the make of the vessel or have the registration information, he said. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office was notified about 1:30 a.m. about the missing boater and was told the vessel is a Morgan, said Kristi Lester, a spokeswoman for the department.
Bailey is described as an experienced boater, he said.
“He left out at of Naples at approximately 8 a.m. on Wednesday,” Wainscott said, adding that the family member said he was due to return between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wainscott would not say whether Bailey had filed a float plan.
“We had a good idea of his track of where he was going to be fishing,” he said
Wainscott said there were five-to 10-knot wind conditions and waves one to two feet when the search began early this morning.
“During the day time a little more than that,” he said, referring to Wednesday.
The Coast Guard has a 33-foot rescue vessel and a helicopter involved in the search, along with three Coast Guard auxiliary vessels and a boat from the Bonita Springs Fire and Rescue Department, said Petty Officer Sondra Kneen, spokeswoman for the Coast Guard out of St. Petersburg.
The search is nine miles out between Wiggins Pass and Clam Pass, she said.