have you seen him?


have you seen him?

The Gig Harbor Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are looking for an overdue/missing single-handed sailboater.  72-year old Benjamin Johnson departed Panama City, Panama on May 28, 2012 and was destined for Gig Harbor, Washington.  He was due to arrive between 6 – 8 weeks later, which would have put his arrival no later than the end of July.  He has not been heard from since before his departure.

Johnson’s boat is a 29-foot homemade sloop named “Northair” with a home port of Houston, Texas.  Johnson lives aboard the boat.  The boat is white with a light blue/green cove stripe.  It is thought that he was taking a route that would put him well offshore.

I thought that with the popularity and reach of Sailing Anarchy (especially on the West Coast), a reader may have seen the boat at some point. Other investigative avenues are being pursued, but any possible information from your followers would be appreciated. More info, including additional pitures of Johnson and his boat can be seen here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Thanks.

Kelly Busey
Gig Harbor Police Department
3510 Grandview Street
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 853-2422

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