Coast Guard suspends search for possible boater in distress

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a potential boater in distress in the New York Harbor area this evening.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector New York received a report early this afternoon from Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s command duty officer reporting a boater called in on VHF channel 83 stating they were taking on water in the vicinity of the New York Harbor.

The Coast Guard immediately launched rescue boat crews from Station King’s Point, Station Eaton’s Neck and later Station Sandy Hook, as well as a rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City.

The location of the distressed boater communicated over VHF channel 83 came across broken in the command center. But utilizing the Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system, watchstanders were able to triangulate the signal to the northern portion of the East River and the western area of the Long Island Sound as well as Breezy Point and Jamaica Bay.

At this time all Coast Guard rescue crews have returned to their individual homeports with negative search results.

The Coast Guard has suspended the search pending further developments.

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