Coast Guard searching for overdue boater near Smith Island, Md.

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BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard is searching for a man reported to be overdue from Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Md., Sunday.

Missing is Albert Casale, 56, from Millsboro, Del.

Casale’s wife contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders at 4:15 p.m. reporting that her husband, who had planned to go out rock fishing Saturday aboard Nemo, his 30-foot sailboat, did not return as expected.

Sector Baltimore watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, conducted call outs on channel 16 and contacted local marinas in an attempt to locate Casale. After contacting Somers Cove Marina, watchstanders discovered that Casale’s vessel was not in his slip and that his vehicle was still in the marina’s parking lot.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. Fifth Coast Guard District watchstanders in Portsmouth, Va., coordinated with Casale’s cell phone carrier to establish a position based on the last call made to Casale’s cell phone. The position was determined to be west of Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Crisfield launched and arrived on scene at 8:53 p.m. Once on scene, the RB-S crew began searching the area for Casale’s vessel.

Casale’s last known contact was reported to be Friday between Casale and his wife. The vessel is described to be a white, Hunter brand sailboat with a blue sail.

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