Coast Guard searching for missing boaters off New Jersey coast

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard is searching for four people who reportedly abandoned ship in the vicinity of Sandy Hook, N.J., Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Coast Guard Sector New York received a distress call at approximately 3:15 a.m. from the crew of the sailing vessel Courtney Lynn stating the vessel was taking on water.

Shortly before 4 a.m., the crew of the sailing vessel reported to the Coast Guard that the vessel was almost submerged and that they were planning to abandon the 33-foot sailboat and board an attached small gray dingy.

A Coast Guard rescue aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., a helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and rescue boat from Station Sandy Hook, N.J., were immediately dispatched and are searching area waterways with several local and state air, land and boat crews.

Communications with the sailing vessel crew was lost when they reportedly abandoned ship; they notified the Coast Guard that they did not have a handheld radio, flares or sound-producing device.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center at: 718-354-4353.

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