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Boater’s body found

SEPT. 16 — Two boaters on Tuesday found the body of a man who had been missing since Sept. 11, when his unmanned boat went aground in Mashpee, Mass., with its navigation lights on, and engine in gear and running.

Paul Bertolozzi, 58, of South Sandwich, Mass., was pulled from the water about two miles from Point Gammon, near Hyannis, Mass., the Coast Guard reports. The crew of a 65-foot schooner discovered Bertolozzi’s body.

An autopsy is being performed and the case is still under investigation, a news report says.

Authorities believe Bertolozzi left Edgartown, Mass., around 8:30 p.m. aboard his convertible, Bon Gusto, and was headed home to Osterville, Mass. Bon Gusto was found about 10 p.m. on Tidewatch Beach in Mashpee, Mass., according to news reports.

The Coast Guard launched a 110-foot cutter, 41-foot utility boat, HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HU-25 Falcon jet, conducting a 38-hour search that covered more than 1,000 square miles. State and local police, good Samaritan boaters and aviators, Coast Guard Auxiliary and numerous harbormasters also assisted in the search, the Coast Guard says.

Jason Fell