UPDATED: Coast Guard suspends search for possible mariner in distress in Buzzards Bay


BUZZARDS BAY – The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday at 1:09 p.m. for a possible mariner in distress in Buzzards Bay after the searches yielded no findings or correlating information.

The Coast Guard launched the search Wednesday night after hearing three faint mayday calls over the radio. Watchstanders responded to the call but were unable to establish communications with the caller.

The search covered a total 767 square nautical miles and included Coast Guard, state, and local responders.

The following resources searched:

-Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead
-Coast Guard Cutter Shrike
-A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Menemsha
-Fairhaven Fire Department
-New Bedford Fire Department
-Mattapoisett Fire Department
-Dartmouth Fire Department
-Massachusetts Environmental Police

The search is suspended pending the development of any new information.

Previous story: The Coast Guard and the Buzzards Bay Task Force were searching for a possible mariner in distress Wednesday night after Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders heard a mayday call over the radio.

At around 8:31 p.m a mumbled male voice issued the mayday call. Crews responded to the call but were unable to establish communications. The call was repeated at around 8:53 p.m. with the same results.

The exact location, nature of distress, description of the vessel, and number of people aboard the vessel are all unknown.

Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Menemsha are searching in Buzzards Bay.

Search crews remained on scene through the night.

Listen to the Mayday call here

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