Coast Guard continues search for missing Lady Mary crewmembers

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guard crews continue an extensive search with numerous assets for four missing fishermen from the 71-foot fishing vessel Lady Mary 75 miles off the coast of Cape May Tuesday.

An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., hoisted three crewmembers out of the water and transported them to awaiting emergency medical personnel at the air station. Two were later pronounced deceased by the Atlantic City medical examiner.

The survivor, Jose Luis Ariese, said the vessel sank at approximately 5:00 a.m. with seven people on board. Reportedly all seven had survival equipment before the vessel sank.

Two MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station Atlantic City, an MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130J Hercules air crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Coast Guard Cutters Dependable and Finback from Cape May are on scene searching a 225 square nautical mile area for the four missing fishermen.

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