Search for reported sunken fishing vessel off Sandy Hook to resume in morning

     Search teams on the scene of the reported sunken vessel in the Sandy Hook Channel late this afternoon. (Image: NYPD)

    Search teams on the scene of the reported sunken vessel in the Sandy Hook Channel late this afternoon. (Image: NYPD)

    The search for a fishing vessel that was reported sinking off Sandy Hook late this afternoon will resume in the morning.  

    According to a US Coast Guard release, the Section New York command center received a notification that a 40-foot steel fishing trawler sank in the Sandy Hook Channel shortly after it began taking on water at 4:30 p.m.

    The Coast Guard responded along with the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, New Jersey State Police, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, and local fire departments. 

    Aviation, rescue boat, and dive crews scoured the area where the boat reportedly sank. 

    Limited debris, including a life ring and cooler, were found, according to WCBS. According to published reports, the missing boat is “El Jefe” out of Belford. 

    The New York City Police Department conducted a side-scan sonar search in an attempt to find a “definitive location” of the sunken vessel, according to the Coast Guard release. 

    The search for the vessel will resume in the morning, FiOS1 New Jersey reported. 

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