Coast Guard suspends search for 4 missing, off Cape May, N.J.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard suspended its active search at 7:51 p.m. Wednesday for the four missing fishermen from the 71-foot fishing vessel Lady Mary, 75 miles off the coast of Cape May.

The extensive 37 hour search by the Coast Guard totaled a search area that covered 3,417 square nautical miles.

The search began after the Coast Guard 5th District command center watchstanders in Portsmouth, Va., received a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert from the Lady Mary at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., recovered two deceased fishermen Royal Smith Jr. and Timothy Smith, and rescued survivor Jose Luis Ariese.

Still missing are; Frank Reyes, Frankie Credle, William Torres, and Tarzon Smith.

The Coast Guard search assets included:

  • Two MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station Atlantic City
  • An MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • HC-130J Hercules air crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Dependable from Cape May.
  • CGC Finback from Cape May.

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