Coast Guard searches for missing boater in Buzzards Bay, later found unresponsive

Griffith's Skiff

DARTMOUTH, M.A. (WLNE) – The Coast Guard and the Buzzards Bay Task Force searched for a missing 76-year-old man after his boat was found without him present.

The missing man was identified by the Coast Guard as Robert Griffith.

According to a statement from Dartmouth Police and Fire, Griffith was reported missing by his wife around 11:30 a.m.

He had left to fish in a 14 foot skiff at approximately 5 a.m. and was scheduled to return around 8 a.m., according to the statement.

The unoccupied boat was discovered at Barney’s Joy Beach in Dartmouth just before 12:45, authorities said.

Police said Griffith was found about a half-mile from that same beach a short time later. Foul play is not suspected, according to the statement.

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