Since Wednesday evening, the Coast Guard cutter Hammerhead, a 47-foot rescue boat, and members of the Buzzards Bay Task Force have been searching the bay but by around 6:11 a.m. on Thursday, had not seen any sign of a mariner in distress.
A search was launched in Buzzards Bay Wednesday night after the United States Coast Guard received a mayday call over the radio.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flew the man to Air Station Atlantic City, where EMS workers transferred him to a local hospital.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, based in Philadelphia, said in a statement that the search for the 46-foot Queen Ann's Revenge, which was reported to be in distress at about 1:20 a.m. Thursday.
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Martinez strongly resisted being put in the police vehicle and was kicking the doors and windows. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not involved in the case yet, but it would be reviewed.
If the call was a hoax, the search cost thousands of dollars in fuel and put Coast Guard lives at risk in the dead of night. A Good Samaritan fishing boat crew aiding in the search located possible debris. The other man was identified only as Dennis from Point Pleasant.
Matos' sister, Milene Oliveira, told NJ Advance Media that family and friends were becoming increasingly anxious that the men wouldn't be coming home as daylight faded Thursday.
The cold temperatures making it unlikely someone could survive this long. The vessel was about 90 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.
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