Coast Guard searching for missing towboat captain

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing towboat captain west of Pocasset, Mass., Wednesday.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England command center received a distress call at approximately 1 a.m. from the captain of the 29-foot TowBoat U.S. vessel Triple J, 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., harbor master found the Triple J unmanned and partially submerged around 6 a.m. approximately three miles south of Hog Island Channel.

“He called us on a VHF-radio and we were able quickly find a fixed position,” said Lt. Brian Hall, the command duty officer at Sector Southeast New England. “We launched several assets and are conduct a through search of the area.”

Assisting in the search are:

Bourne, Mass., Police Department
Wareham Harbor Master
Marion, Mass., Harbor Master

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