Coast Guard searching for overdue fisherman from British Virgin Islands

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard crews are searching Monday for a British Virgin Islands’ overdue fisherman, after he reportedly failed to return from a fishing trip in waters approximately 28 nautical miles south of Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Missing is Edward Hagley, 52, who reportedly went out on a fishing trip Saturday morning and has not returned to Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, where he was expected to arrive at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a telephone call from the British Virgin Islands marine police who notified the incident and also reported that Hagley had gone fishing aboard a 27-foot cuddy cabin grey-hull fishing vessel with a silver trim.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan are coordinating port checks with British Virgin Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands authorities, and transmitting Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts and Enhanced Group Calling notifications for mariners to be on the lookout and report any possible sightings to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard rescue crews have been searching since Monday afternoon for the overdue fisherman with an Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon Jet and the Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the missing mariner is requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at 787-289-2041.

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