Coast Guard searching after empty, homemade raft found in Mt. Hope Bay

An unmanned, homemade raft found Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Mt. Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River on the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border. A response boat from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill and Portsmouth Fire Marine 2 launched a search for a possible person or people, or people, in the water after the discovery. U.S. Coast Guard photo

An unmanned, homemade raft found Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Mt. Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River on the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border.  U.S. Coast Guard photo

BOSTON – The Coast Guard launched a search for a possible person in the water Saturday after an unmanned, homemade raft was found drifting in Mt. Hope Bay, near the mouth of the Taunton River on the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border.

A good Samaritan alerted Coast Guard watchstanders to the empty raft at about 7 a.m.

A response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill and Portsmouth Fire Marine 2 are on scene searching for a possible person in the water.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England also activated the Rhode Island Taskforce for assistance.

The Coast Guard is requesting anyone with information about the owner of the homemade raft to contact search and rescue coordinators at 508-457-3211.

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