Coast Guard continues investigation into boat capsizing off NJ coast

5th Coast Guard District NewsATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard continues its investigation Thursday into the circumstances surrounding the capsizing of the fishing vessel Mandy Ness off the coast of New Jersey Jan. 10.

In addition to the Mandy Ness, another vessel was determined to be in the area at the time of the capsizing. Coast Guard investigators will interview its crew at anchorage near Houston Thursday and conduct a dockside inspection of the vessel upon its arrival in port later Thursday.

On Jan. 11, Coast Guard personnel from Sector Hampton Roads boarded the commercial vessel off the coast of Virginia with the assistance of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca to gather information to determine if the vessel may have been in the vicinity at the time of the incident.

“The information we obtained from the January 11th boarding led us to believe that the vessel was in the vicinity of the Mandy Ness at the time of the capsizing,” said Capt. Meredith Austin, commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “Based on that information, Coast Guard investigators will board the vessel again in Houston and interview members of the crew. We will continue to actively investigate the incident to allow us to provide information to the family and friends of Mr. Mears who was lost in the accident and to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.”

The Coast Guard is not releasing the name of the commercial vessel at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

Coast Guard personnel from multiple units within the Coast Guard’s 5th and 8th Districts have been gathering information relevant to the incident and will continue the marine casualty investigation until it is complete.

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