A 47-foot boat is seen at the United States Coast Guard station in Rockland in this 2017 file photo. Credit: Ashley L. Conti

The Coast Guard has made contact with a boat it was searching for off Mount Desert Island and has determined that it and the three people on board are fine and do not need help. The boat was south of Long Island on Monday afternoon and heading for Florida.

The Coast Guard said that the 40-foot sailboat Dove and its passengers — Nathaniel Davis, Charlotte Kirby and Wilfredo Lombardo — are not in distress. The boat was contacted after its GPS radio was detected Monday afternoon, revealing its location to be 90 miles south of Montauk on Long Island, New York.

The Coast Guard had been searching for the vessel, which had departed from the John Williams Boat Co. boatyard on Somes Sound on MDI, since daybreak Saturday morning. The Coast Guard said Kirby had called 911 from her cellphone around 3 a.m. Saturday and said “we are on a boat” before the call was cut off.

The call was traced to 20 miles south of MDI in the Gulf of Maine, according to the Coast Guard. The agency searched during daylight hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday before making contact with the Dove on Monday afternoon.

The sailors are “not in distress & are continuing their journey south,” the Coast Guard said in a tweet.

The Dove is sailing for Florida, said Petty Officer Third Class Ryan Noel, a spokesman for the Coast Guard’s First District in Boston. He said the Coast Guard is not sure why Kirby called 911 early Saturday but that agency officials plan to meet with the passengers of the Dove at the boat’s next stop to conduct further interviews.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....