The U.S. Coast Guard began a search for a fishing vessel out of Manasquan Inlet after a distress beacon sent out an alert early Thursday morning.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) alert for the Queen Ann’s Revenge, a 46-foot fishing boat, at 1:20 a.m., while watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were notified by fishermen of a distress call over VHF radio shortly after the EPIRB alert, the Coast Guard said. The search was centered about 40 miles off Barnegat Inlet.
An MH-65 Dolphin search and rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was launched, and located the EPIRB.
A Good Samaritan fishing boat crew aiding in the search located possible debris, a statement from the Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard units involved in the search are 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet and Barnegat Light, HC-130 Hercules aircrews from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina and the Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson is en route, USCG officials said.
Any mariners who discover any items related to the fishing vessel are being asked to contact Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders at 215-271-4940.