Search for fishing vessel off N.J. ongoing after distress call

USCG photo

USCG photo

Search and rescue crews are searching for a fishing boat off the New Jersey shore.

The Coast Guard received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon alert for the 46-foot, Point Pleasant Beach-based Queen Ann’s Revenge approximately 40 miles off the southern Ocean County coast around 1:20 a.m. Thursday.

Fishermen also reported hearing a distress call over VHF radio shortly after the beacon alert.

Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched an MH-65 Dolphin search and rescue helicopter crew to the scene of the beacon location.

A Good Samaritan fishing boat helping in the search has found possible debris.

Additional Coast Unit units involved in the search include 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet and Barnegat Light and HC-130 Hercules aircrews from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

The Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson was en route as of late Thursday morning.

Mariners who discover any items related to the fishing vessel are asked to contact Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders at (215) 271-4940.

———————————————————

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.