Coast Guard seeks assistance locating possible missing boater

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard is seeking public assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned and adrift boat in Mount Hope Bay near the Rhode Island and Massachusetts border, Friday.

The boat was described as:
– 8 feet in length
– Skiff design
– White
– Fiberglass hull

Aboard the boat were:
– Live bait (green crab used for blackfish)
– A fishing pole
– University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Soccer windbreaker jacket with the #23 on it

The boat was located by a Good Samaritan who reported it in position 41-39.77N 071-13.7W.

Currently, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is in possession of the vessel. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Rhode Island Marine Strike Force, local harbormasters, and a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod are conducting searches in the area for a possible person in the water.

Anyone with any information about the boat, its mooring, or its owner are asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center in Woods Hole, Mass. at 508-457-3211.

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