Coast Guard searches for missing man who set sail from Massachusetts

The United States Coast Guard Northeast shared this photo of Matthew Dennis.

SALEM, Mass. (WLNE) — The United States Coast Guard Northeast is searching for a missing man who set sail from Massachusetts at the end of last month.

Matthew Dennis, 22, was headed toward Florida in a white 28-foot fiberglass sailboat when he left Salem on Sept. 22, the Coast Guard wrote on Twitter.

In a video posted the day he set sail, the Colorado native said he recently “just dropped everything,” and sold all of his belongings to purchase a sailboat.

“This is my first time handling something this big,” Dennis said. “I’m definitely in way over my head.”

Hurricane Ian hit Florida before making its way up the East Coast less than a week after he left for his trip.

He was last heard from on Sept. 29, off the coast of Long Island, New York.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard at 617-223-8555.

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