Photo/USCG supplied

As of 12:30, the Coast Guard was seeking public assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned and adrift boat in Mount Hope Bay near the Rhode Island and Massachusetts border, Friday, October 26.

The boat was described as:

  • 8’ in length
  • Skiff design
  • White
  • Fiberglass hull

Aboard the boat were:

  • Photo/USCG supplied.

    Live bait (green crab used for blackfish)

  • A fishing pole
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Soccer windbreaker jacket with the Number 23 on it
  • The boat was located by a Good Samaritan who reported it in position 41-39.77N 071-13.7W.

Currently, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is in possession of the vessel. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Rhode Island Marine Strike Force, local harbormasters, and a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod are conducting searches in the area for a possible person in the water.

Anyone with any information about the boat, its mooring, or its owner are asked to contact Sector Southeastern New England Command Center in Woods Hole, Mass. at (508-457-3211).

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