Missing TowBoatU.S. Captain Found Dead

The Coast Guard has ended its search for a missing TowBoatU.S. captain off Pocasset, Massachusetts. Divers from the Wareham Fire Department located the man inside the cabin of the partially submerged, 29′ Triple J around 8:30 a.m. this morning. The victim’s name has not been released.

“Ending a search like this is a hard outcome to accept,” said Lt. Brian Hall, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The Coast Guard and other agencies began the search after watchstanders from the Sector Southeastern New England command center received a distress call at approximately 1:00 a.m. from the Triple J’s captain, reporting that his vessel was taking on water.

A 25′ Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal, a 41′ Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole and the Coast Guard Cutter Tigershark were immediately launched to search for the captain.

The Wareham harbormaster found the Triple J unmanned and partially submerged at around 6:00 a.m. approximately 3 miles south of Hog Island Channel.

Other agencies involved in the search were:

  • Bourne, Mass., Police Department
  • Wareham Harbormaster
  • Marion, Mass., Harbormaster

“Sadly, accidents like these are a very real danger of working on the water,” said Lt. Daniel Tanksley, a command duty officer at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center. “In the wake of tragedies like this, we urge mariners to recognize these dangers, operate safely, and be prepared for the worst.”

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