Coast Guard searching off South Jersey for missing boater

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A C-130 Hercules takes off from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., as crews relocate to Charlotte or the Raleigh-Durham airport in Morrisville, Aug. 26, 2011. The relocation is both to protect Coast Guard assets and to aid in the service's pre and post hurricane response. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin.

A C-130 Hercules takes off from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin.

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is searching off South Jersey for a 75-year-old missing boater Saturday.

The man was reportedly fishing approximately 17 miles east of Barnegat Light, New Jersey.

The man’s wife contacted Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light at approximately 6 p.m. Friday when he did not return as scheduled.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay command center in Philadelphia launched multiple units to conduct search patterns.

A C-130 aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City located the man’s 22-foot pleasure craft, Tranquility, Saturday at approximately 4:30 a.m. A boat crew from Station Barnegat Light got on scene to inspect the boat at approximately 5:30 a.m. The search for the missing man continues.

Units involved in the search are:

  • Station Barnegat Light
  • Air Station Atlantic City
  • Air Station Elizabeth City
  • Coast Guard Cutter Finback
  • Coast Guard Cutter Tybee

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