Coast Guard ends search for missing TowBoat U.S. captain

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard has ended its search for the missing TowBoat U.S. captain off Pocasset, Mass., Wednesday.

Divers from the Wareham, Mass., Fire Department located the man deceased inside the cabin of the 29-foot Triple J around 8:30 a.m.

“Ending a search like this is a hard outcome to accept,” said Lt. Brian Hall, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The Coast Guard and other agencies began the search after watchstanders from the Sector Southeastern New England command center received a distress call at approximately 1 a.m. from the Triple J’s captain, reporting that his vessel was taking on water.

A 25-foot Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal, a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole and the Coast Guard Cutter Tigershark were immediately launched to search for the captain.

The Wareham, Mass., harbormaster found the Triple J unmanned and partially submerged around 6 a.m. approximately three miles south of Hog Island Channel.

Other agencies involved in the search were:

Bourne, Mass., Police Department
Wareham Harbormaster
Marion, Mass., Harbormaster

“Sadly, accidents like these are a very real danger of working on the water,” said Lt. Daniel Tanksley, a command
duty officer at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center. “In the wake of tragedies like this, we urge mariners to recognize these dangers, operate safely, and be prepared for the worst.”

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