Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater off New England coast
Rescue crews have suspended their search for a missing boater whose boat capsized off Salisbury Beach on Tuesday night.
The Coast Guard said they suspended their search for the boater at about 7:18 a.m. Wednesday. They said roughly 67 miles of track line was searched in a 14-square-mile area over 17 hours.
The Coast Guard, along with area law enforcement, initially responded to a report of two people in the water after their boat had capsized in rough water at about 5:40 p.m.
One person was rescued from a nearby jetty uninjured and transported to a local hospital.
When the Coast Guard’s 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew arrived on scene to locate the second person, they reported seeing him face down and unconscious in the surf zone. While attempting to rescue him from the surf, the boat was struck by an 8 to 10-foot breaking wave, and when the crew recovered from the impact, the man was nowhere in sight.
Neither person was wearing a lifejacket at the time of the incident.
A report released by the Coast Guard found that recreational boating deaths increased from 34 in 2015 to 55 in 2016, and 45 of the 55 people who died were not wearing a life jacket.
Additional life-saving measures listed by the Coast Guard included boating and paddling while sober, understanding the boat or paddle-craft being operated, and having a marine VHF radio on your boat.