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Missing Sailor Found

San Francisco sailor Sean Haggerty, 39, was reported missing last week after he failed to arrive in San Diego on time. The unemployed Haggerty reportedly left the Bay a few weeks ago aboard his Ranger 26 Sea Hag to gunkhole his way down the coast to San Diego, where he had lined up a job. According to Coast Guard reports, Haggerty called a friend from his cellphone last Wednesday, reporting that his outboard and GPS had crapped out. He hadn’t been heard from since. Haggerty’s family reported him missing over the weekend and the Coast Guard conducted a massive search down the coast. Just as searchers were getting ready to return home last night, the crew of a C-130 aircraft spotted Sea Hag about 46 miles southwest of San Diego. The USCG cutter Haddock took the disabled boat — and an uninjured Haggerty — under tow, arriving at Shelter Island around 8 a.m. this morning.

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