Rescue crews have resumed their search for a missing fisherman whose clam boat was found empty in Little Egg Harbor yesterday.
The search for 45-year-old Christopher Hugg of Tuckerton resumed this morning after It had been suspended around 5:30 p.m. yesterday due to darkness.
The Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police, and the Tuckerton Fire Department are using a helicopter and a boat to search for the fisherman, whose 17-foot Bow RIder boat was found aground on Hither Island in Ocean County.
The Coast Guard first launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Barnegat Light around 8 a.m. yesterday.
Hugg contacted a relative around 8 p.m. Thursday that he had run aground but did not need assistance.
The boat was found containing fishing equipment yesterday morning, but there was no sign of the fisherman.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.