Coast Guard crews suspend search for 3 near Cape May, N.J.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard suspended their search at 5:02 p.m. Thursday for three fishermen 20 miles east of Cape May after their boat sank Wednesday.

Missing is Kenneth Rose Sr., 75, Kenneth Rose Jr., 49, and Larry Forrest, 55.

Coast Guard search efforts were coordinated by crewmembers at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia. Rescue helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., a C-130 air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., all responded to the scene. Crews from Coast Guard Cutter Block Island, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., and Coast Guard Cutter Mako, a 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Cape May, also assisted in the search but had to return to home port due to deteriorating weather conditions. The weather conditions had been reported as 15 to 20-foot seas, 40 to 60 knot winds with some higher gusts and visibility as low as one half mile.

Coast Guard crews searched for approximatley 19 hours and received assistance from the crew of the fishing boat Capt. Jeff who discovered the debris field.

The Coast Guard is in contact with family members and has been providing them with information details regarding the search and rescue effort throughout the case.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the missing fishermen during this difficult time. We have conducted an exhaustive search in very difficult conditions. Unfortunately we have been unsuccessful,” said Capt. Meredith Austin, the Captain of the Port at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia.

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