Coast Guard suspends search for missing fishermen near Block Island, RI

Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo

Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo

BOSTON — Coast Guard crews suspended their search for two missing fishermen near Block Island, Rhode Island Wednesday at approximately 5:13 p.m.

The two fishermen have been missing since their boat Mistress capsized and sank Tuesday morning.

The fishing boat Captain Bligh initially responded to the scene and rescued one fisherman from a lifeboat.

Crews searched for approximately 72 hours covering 2,152 square nautical miles.

The search included the following crews:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel
  • Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead
  • Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba
  • Coast Guard Cutter Albacore
  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews
  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews
  • 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews from Coast Guard Station Point Judith
  • 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Coast Guard Station Menemsha

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