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Coast Guard finds man alive who spent hours in water near Daytona Beach

Coast Guard finds man alive who spent hours in water near Daytona Beach

Coast Guard crews found a missing 45-year-old man alive and well Sunday night after he spent hours in the ocean off Daytona Beach — without a life jacket. Donnie Clark disappeared in the water Sunday afternoon when he fell out of a 33-foot boat while sitting on a beanbag chair, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The operator of the boat alerted the Coast Guard about 4:10 p.m. after passengers realized Clark was missing. The chairs are sold as a more comfortable seating option in boats, especially when boating offshore. Crews on the Coast Guard's 45-foot response boat spotted Clark five to six hours later about 22 miles offshore and pulled him aboard, Coast Guard spokesman Petty...

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