PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — After searching more than 30,000 nautical miles along the eastern seaboard, the United States Coast Guard has found two missing boaters and their dog.
Ryan Hollis, Joshua Kane Cairone and Louis-the-buoy were reported missing Friday. The trio set sail from Portsmouth Wednesday and was heading toward Norfolk, Virginia.
Coast Guard crews spotted their sailboat 100 nautical miles offshore in Cape Henry, Virginia. Both men were unaware that they were being searched for.
Hollis’ mother, Lisa Disaia, said she was “overwhelmed” with emotion when she found out her son was alive.
She said her son – a veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan – lives on the sailboat year-round and was heading toward Miami, Florida – where he was relocating for a job.
“I always knew he would be safe out there, but as a parent, you worry,” Disaia said. “The more they searched and the more that they didn’t find – it’s just nervewracking.”
Disaia said she hasn’t heard from her son yet but is sure he will have a story to tell about why he was behind schedule.
“I’ll be happy to hear his voice, and then I’m going to ream him out,” she said.
Hollis, Kane Cairone and Louis-the-buoy are now headed toward Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, according to the Coast Guard.
This article was updated to reflect that the trio set sail from Portsmouth, not Jamestown as originally stated by the Coast Guard.