Coast Guard continues to search for crew of fishing vessel Mary James

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard is continuing to search this evening for a crewmember from the fishing vessel Mary James, off the coast of New Jersey, after one crewmember was found deceased.

The Coast Guard is withholding the names of the two crewmembers pending notification of their next of kin.

Continuing to search this evening are rescue crews aboard the following Coast Guard assets: an HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City; an 87-foot coastal patrol boat from Cape May, N.J.; and an HC-130 long-range surveillance aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

The Coast Guard has completed more than a dozen sorties, or separate search patterns, and has already searched a combined area of about 2,335 square miles, which is more than the area of the state of Delaware.

The body that was found about 33 miles east of Barnegat Inlet, N.J., as well as a mayday call and debris, is believed to have originated from the fishing vessel Mary James, a 40-foot scallop boat which moors at the Red Lobster Shack in Manasquan, N.J. The crew of the Nautilus, sister ship to the Mary James, confirmed having spoken to the crew of the Mary James Sunday evening and that it utilizes a two-person crew.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators received a mayday call on marine radio at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday. The Coast Guard immediately began issuing an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) on marine radio for any vessels to keep a sharp lookout, assist if possible and report any sightings to the Coast Guard.

An Air Station Atlantic City rescue helicopter was diverted from a previous case to begin searching. A subsequent helicopter search at about 2:30 a.m. resulted in the location of a life raft with no one aboard. Another helicopter search resulted in the location of the life ring, with the vessel name of Mary James printed on it.

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