Published: Sun, February 11, 2018

Coast Guard searching Buzzards Bay after muffled mayday calls

Coast Guard searching Buzzards Bay after muffled mayday calls

The call was repeated at around 8:53 p.m. with the same results.

"We would like to extend our condolences to the families and the fishing community affected by this tragic incident", Capt. Scott Anderson, commander Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, said in a release.

The Coast Guard began its search for the Queens Ann's Revenge early Thursday morning after receiving a distress call at 1:20 a.m. that the boat was taking on water about 40 miles off the coast of Barnegat. "The risks posed by false distress calls must be stemmed and we ask anyone with information that may lead to the location of this person to contact us". Three mayday calls came in last night.

Barresi said a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter will be deployed Thursday, weather conditions permitting.

The search covered a total 767 square nautical miles and included Coast Guard, state, and local responders.

Officials say the search will remain suspended pending the development of any new information.

However, the search was called off Friday afternoon and the crew is presumed lost at sea.

During the search the Coast Guard utilized Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead, Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, and s 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Menemsha.

Officials say they have no reason to believe that the call was a hoax but they chose to suspend the search because they covered so much water and shoreline without finding anything and there's no missing persons or overdue boater reports.

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