Coast Guard Continues Search For Missing Fisherman

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.– The Coast Guard is continuing the search today for the missing crewmember from the fishing vessel Mary James off the coast of New Jersey.

The search for Mark Dreyton, from Morristown, N.J., continued through the night and will continue through today. The search for Dreyton began late Sunday night after the Coast Guard received a mayday call from a marine band radio and launched a rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City. The crew of the rescue helicopter recovered a life ring and life jacket from the water, both bearing the name Mary James, a 40-foot scallop boat homeported in Manasquan.

Upon the retrieval of those items, the search was expanded and numerous Coast Guard assets were deployed to aid in the search, including an HC-130 long-range surveillance aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., an 87-foot coastal patrol boat from Cape May, N.J., 47-foot motor life boats from both Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., and Station Barnegat Light, N.J.

During the search, Merele Rubert, from Smithville, N.J., was found deceased 33 miles off the coast and approximately one mile from where the life ring and jacket were found. Rubert was taken by boat back to Station Manasquan Inlet and was transferred over to the Ocean County Medical Examiner.

Currently the Coast Guard has spent 37 hours searching over 5,400 square miles of open ocean.

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