Search for N.J. boater suspended

Life raft from the missing crewman's boat is shown in the water in this U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Life raft from the missing crewman's boat is shown in the water in this U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Posted: April 27, 2013

The Coast Guard suspended its search at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for a boater whose vessel went missing Tuesday morning in the waters off Ocean City, N.J.

David McAuliffe, 34, of Egg Harbor Township, of the marine rescue firm Sea Tow was reported missing at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday after departing from the Absecon Inlet aboard the 45-foot Cape Hatteras. The Coast Guard began searching within seven minutes of receiving a distress signal from the boat's emergency radio beacon.

A fuel slick and a trail of debris were found in an area off 39th Street, but there was no sign of the boat. McAuliffe, an experienced captain, had survival suits and life rafts aboard and had been piloting the vessel to a routine inspection in the Great Egg Harbor Inlet.

Searchers were "deeply saddened" to suspend the search for a man who "made a career of helping others on the water," according to Captain Kathy Moore, commander of the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay.

The search covered 400 square miles over nearly 36 hours and was extended beyond the expected survival time in water between 48 and 50 degrees, the Coast Guard said. - Jacqueline L. Urgo

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|