Coast Guard searching for missing boater in Salisbury

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard News

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing sailor after his 35-foot sailing vessel was found dragging anchor on the Merrimack River, Friday.

Missing is Norbert Decker, a white male with long hair who is described to be in his 50s, 5 feet 11 inches and 170 pounds.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston were notified at 10:50 a.m. Friday by the Cove Marina reporting that the sailing vessel was dragging anchor with no one aboard and its dingy was overturned.

Cove Marina personnel also found a dog believed to belong to the sailing vessel’s owner, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday, at the marina.

Coast Guard Station Merrimack River, Mass., crews inspected the sailing vessel and found Decker’s cell phone with no sign of him.

Searching are crewmembers from:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. (MH-60J rescue helicopter)
  • Coast Guard Station Merrimack River
  • Massachusetts Environmental Police
  • Newburyport Police Department

Anyone with information that may assist search efforts is requested to call Coast Guard Sector Boston at 617-223-3201 or via radio on VHF channel 16.

As America’s maritime responder, the Coast Guard is the search and rescue mission coordinator for overdue boater cases, collaborating with federal, state and local partners. In an average year, the Coast Guard responds to more than 100 overdue cases in the Northeast.

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