Coast Guard searching for two missing boaters

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for two boaters after the pair reported they were taking on water about eight miles east of the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal in Cape Cod Bay, Mass.

The crew of the 36-foot fishing boat Carol and Allison, from Wellfleet, Mass., used a cell phone to contact Coast Guard Station Provincetown at 3:21 p.m., requesting assistance.

The crew of a nearby tug reported they heard the boat issue a Mayday call, but the cell phone communication between the Carol and Allison crew and the Coast Guard was lost after the initial call.

Boat crews aboard 47-foot motor life boats from Coast Guard stations Cape Cod Canal and Provincetown went to the boater’s location but were unable to find the vessel or the crew.

The stations and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod are searching the area and an urgent marine broadcast is being issued requesting boaters in the area to keep a look out and report any helpful information to the Coast Guard.

The pair said they were en route Cape Cod Canal and are reportedly wearing life jackets.

Currently there are 20-25 knot winds, 4-6 foot seas, the water temperature is 52 degrees and the air temperature is 54 degrees.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at 508-457-3211.

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