Coast Guard searching for overdue boaters off Jersey Shore

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard is searching offshore from New Jersey to North Carolina for two overdue boaters who departed Ocean City, Md., Saturday morning aboard a 38-foot pleasure craft and did not arrive in Chincoteague, Va., Saturday evening as expected.

Missing are Mike Bramlett, 51, and Donald Bramlett, 54.

Mike Bramlett’s wife contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday, reporting her husband and his brother are aboard the pleasure craft Reel Fun and did not arrive as expected in Chincoteague.

Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mako, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Cape May, and dispatched an aircrew aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to search for the overdue boaters.

Anyone with information regarding the overdue boaters is encouraged to contact the Sector Hampton Roads command center at 757-483-8567.

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