The U.S. Coast Guard said it was searching for 39 people after the boat that was carrying them from the Bahamas capsized off the Atlantic coast of Florida on Saturday night.
Rescuers learned of the accident on Tuesday morning, when a boater, who was described as a “good Samaritan,” found a man clinging to the capsized vessel, the Coast Guard said.
The man said he had been hanging on to the boat since Saturday night, when it left Bimini, the Bahamas, and began heading north before running into severe weather.
A photo posted by the Coast Guard on Twitter showed the man straddling the boat’s hull.
The boat capsized about 45 miles east of the Fort Pierce Inlet, the Coast Guard said. It was not immediately clear on Tuesday what type of boat it was. No one aboard was wearing a life jacket, the Coast Guard said.