CG Searches for Missing Towboat Captain
May 16, 2012
The Coast Guard is searching for a missing towboat captain west of Pocasset, MA. Watchstanders from the Sector Southeastern New England command center received a distress call at approximately 1 a.m. from the captain of the 29-foot TowBoat U.S. vessel Triple J, reporting that his vessel was taking on water.
A 25-foot Response Boat from Station Cape Cod Canal, a 41-foot utility boat from Station Woods Hole and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tigershark were immediately launched to search for the captain.
The Wareham, MA, harbor master found the Triple J unmanned and partially submerged around 6 a.m. approximately three miles south of Hog Island Channel.
“He called us on a VHF-radio and we were able quickly find a fixed position,” said Lt. Brian Hall, the command duty officer at Sector Southeast New England. “We launched several assets and are conduct a through search of the area.”
Assisting in the search are:
- Bourne, Mass., Police Department
- Wareham Harbor Master
- Marion, Mass., Harbor Master