US Coast Guard searching for missing towboat captain



The Coast Guard is searching for a missing towboat captain west of Pocasset, Mass., today (Wednesday).

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, Mass., 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

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