Coast Guard calls off search for sailor

Posted: July 05, 2014

The Coast Guard has called off the search for a sailor missing since Wednesday evening in the Delaware River.

Police declined to give the name of the man, 66, who was last seen clutching a cooler to stay afloat during a rainstorm. Coast Guard officials said there were no plans to reactivate the search.

The man's 21-foot sailboat was not found during a search that resumed Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and stretched from Neshaminy Park to the Walt Whitman Bridge.

Four other people on the boat swam to the Philadelphia Fire Department building on the west bank of the river and called 911 about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The cooler was found on the New Jersey bank of the Delaware, directly across from the fire department building, and matched the description of the cooler the man used as a flotation device.

After hours of scanning the floor of the Delaware with sonar devices, the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit and Coast Guard ended the search just before 5 p.m. Thursday.


LONeal@phillynews.com

215-854-2619 @LydsONeal

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