Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters off Brigantine, NJ

65 Atlantic CityPHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard suspended its search Saturday for reportedly missing boaters approximately a half mile off the coast of Brigantine, New Jersey.

Coast Guard units searched approximately 196 square miles of ocean during a 22-hour period.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia received initial notification Friday at approximately 5:45 p.m. from the Brigantine Police Dept. of three to four people in the water from a capsized fishing boat. There were no correlating reports of missing or overdue boaters in the area.

Units involved in the search included:

  • A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City
  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City
  • An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • The crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia

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