Coast Guard searching for missing boater of NJ coast

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Coast Guard crews are searching for a missing boater off the southern New Jersey coast.

    The search started just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, when the Coast Guard received a distress alert from an emergency radio beacon.

    Authorities say the missing boater was the only person aboard the 45-foot Sea Tow boat Cape Hatteras, which departed Absecon Inlet around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. The boat’s owner says it was en route to Great Egg Harbor.

    When the boater did not respond to cell phone or radio calls, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City responded to the scene.

    Further details on the boater were not disclosed.

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