Coast Guard searching for fishing vessel in distress off Barnegat, NJ

A 47-foot MoA 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J. File Photo by Auxiliarist David Lautor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J. underway during. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Auxiliarist David Lau

47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J. File Photo by Auxiliarist David Lau

PHILADELPHIA –The Coast Guard is searching for a fishing vessel in distress approximately 40-miles off the coast of Barnegat, New Jersey, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) alert for the 46-foot fishing boat Queen Ann’s Revenge at 1:20 a.m., while watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were notified by fishermen of a distress call over VHF radio shortly after the EPIRB alert.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was launched, and located the EPIRB.

A Good Samaritan fishing boat crew aiding in the search located possible debris.

Coast Guard units involved in the search are 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet and Barnegat Light, HC-130 Hercules aircrews from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina and the Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson is en route.

If mariners discover any items related to the fishing vessel, it is requested they contact Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders at 215-271-4940.

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