The overturned boat that prompted a search in Saco Bay Saturday had floated into the water unoccupied and is now back in its owner’s possession.

Petty Officer Matt Strickland described the vessel as a banana boat, which is similar to a kayak. He said the boat’s owner called the Coast Guard early this morning to report it missing.

The Coast Guard informed him that the boat had been found in Saco Bay. Strickland said the owner retrieved the boat from the water. He did not have more information about the owner.

After a receiving a report of an overturned boat and floating lifejacket about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England and Biddeford Police Department conducted a search for a potential missing person.

The search, which covered 63 nautical miles, was called off at 2:45 p.m. because it appeared the life jacket hadn’t been worn and there were no signs of distress to indicate a missing person.


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