UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for missing fishermen

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 1:45pm
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As of late afternoon Wednesday, Jan. 2, the Coast Guard suspended its search for two missing fishermen who went missing early Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The Coast Guard issued the following update a little after 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2:

4: crews are still actively searching this morning for the two missing fishermen from the F/V Mistress. Search will include air and sea assets. 

The following information was made available on Tuesday, Jan. 1:

The U.S. Coast Guard is currently deploying three boats, including a Coast Guard cutter, as well as a Jayhawk helicopter, in the search for two fisherman that went missing after their boat capsized near the Block Island Wind Farm in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 1. One on-board member of the boat was rescued by a nearby vessel.

The following #USCG assets are currently searching for 2 missing fishermen after their boat capsized and sank off Block Island: @USCG Cutter Sanibel, Air Station #CapeCod Jayhawk helicopter, Station Point Judith response boat, & Station Menemsha Motor Lifeboat,” according to a Tweet, which was posted on the Coast Guard’s official account just before noon on Jan. 1.

Just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard issued the following press release:

The Coast Guard along with a good Samaritan are searching for two missing fishermen after the fishing boat Mistress capsized Tuesday morning off Block Island, Rhode Island.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. the captain of the Mistress issued a mayday call stating the boat was taking on water near the Block Island Wind Farm.

The fishing boat Captain Bligh was nearby and responded to the scene first. The crew of the Captain Bligh rescued one fisherman and reported that the Mistress had capsized, and two fishermen were missing.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod arrived on scene and began searching but encountered low visibility and unsafe weather conditions and was forced to return to base.

A 45-foot response boat from Station Point Judith also launched but was forced to turn around due to weather.

The 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Montauk are en route to scene.

The winds were reported to be 30 to 35 knots and the seas 10 feet.

The Captain Bligh has remained on scene.

The Mistress is homeported out of Point Judith, Rhode Island.”

This is a developing story. Visit blockislandtimes.com for updates.