Coast Guard ends Maine search after mariners found safe

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON – The Coast Guard ended its search Tuesday for a missing boater after discovering a group of canoers, who made a distress call Monday, were safe on Long Island, Maine.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, in Portland, Maine, received a call via VHF-channel 16 at 7:43 p.m. Monday from a male individual communicating his position with no nature of his distress or the name of a vessel.

A Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor, Maine, 47-foot Motor Life Boat and 25-foot Response Boat-small crew were immediately launched and searched throughout the night for any vessels in distress.

The Coast Guard discovered a group of 25 school members with 10 canoes camped at 10:26 a.m. Tuesday on Long Island. The group leader reported they made the distress call after becoming disoriented in the fog and were being set by the tidal current.

The reporting source was unable to hear the Coast Guard’s response and came upon Long Island soon after making the distress call. They camped the night as planned and are not under distress.

Severe fog had hampered search efforts throughout the night with visibility less than 10 feet.

The Coast Guard in the Northeast conducts more than 350 search-and-rescue cases every year, and recommends all boaters to wear their lifejackets and have a VHF marine-band radio at all times.

Coast Guard 25-foot file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.

Coast Guard 25-foot file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.

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