Coast Guard Ends Search for Delilah

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard suspended its three-day search for the Delilah at 10 a.m. Sunday 145-miles east of Savannah, Ga.

A mayday was sent out by the Delilah, Friday at approximately 3 p.m., which was overheard by several aircraft and relayed to the Coast Guard. The pilots overheard that the vessel had six people aboard, a blue hull and were taking on water.

A Coast Guard C-130 fixed-wing aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., the Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin, the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, and Good Samaritans by air and sea searched a 2,100-square-mile area for the vessel.

The Coast Guard would like to stress to boaters the importance of having a registered and working emergency positioning indicating radio beacon and filing a float plan. These two things can greatly increase a boater’s chance of being rescued in case of emergency, in addition to, life jackets and signaling devices.

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