Coast Guard continues search for overdue boater after finding skiff

BOSTON — The Coast Guard found the 12-foot aluminum skiff that belongs to Dr. Jon Myers about one mile north of Bar Island, Maine, in the vicinity of Bald Rock Ledge around 3:50 a.m., Wednesday.

A 47-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor is en route to relieve the 41-foot boat crew that searched throughout the night. An HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod is on scene. The crews are continuing to search Eastern Bay and Frenchman Bay.

“We are concentrating our search efforts in the area the skiff was found in case Dr. Myers is on one of the islands, clinging to a buoy or swimming in the water,” said Chief Petty Officer Randy Buckland, the command duty officer for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “We are also receiving tremendous help from several local fire department crews that are performing shore line searches, the Maine Marine Patrol and local fishermen.”

The Coast Guard has also issued an urgent marine broadcast asking anyone in the area to report any helpful information to the Coast Guard.

The current on scene weather is rainy with seas around one foot and 10-knot winds.

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