PORTLAND — Searchers in a Coast Guard helicopter using night vision goggles located an overdue boater at 2 a.m. this morning in Casco Bay.

The Coast Guard says 79-year-old Albert Kelsey had visited the small islands known as Sow and Pigs off South Freeport and his 20-foot boat got stuck as the tide went out. He was waiting for the tide to come back in but had no telephone or radio to alert friends, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard dropped a rescue swimmer to make sure he was OK and the Maine Marine Patrol waited with him until the tide came in so he could return to Freeport at about 3 a.m.

The Coast Guard said the South Freeport man, who had departed from a local marina at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, was reported overdue by his wife at 10 p.m.

A 25-foot response boat small from Station South Portland, a Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, and a boat from the Maine Marine Patrol took part in the search.

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