Coast Guard suspends search for boaters in Gloucester

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for two people possibly in the water near Gloucester, Mass., and their 24-foot pleasure boat, at 2:09 p.m., Friday.

Multiple Coast Guard crews searched 712 square miles for 14 hours, but did not locate the boat or the two reported persons aboard.

The Coast Guard began the search after receiving a mayday call from the pair around 10:10 p.m., Thursday, reporting they were taking on water 20 to 40 minutes outside Gloucester Harbor.

“Sector Boston sent a cutter, Station Gloucester launched their boat crews, and Air Station Cape Cod flew two aircraft,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, the First District Public Affairs Officer in Boston. “With no reports of missing boaters or information to narrow a search area, the command has made the decision to suspend active searches pending further developments.”

Nearly 70 Coast Guardsmen from boat crews, aircrews, watchstanders and command center personnel participated in the search.

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