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U.S. Coast Guard Searching for Missing Boater

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    Buzzards bay water search- boat had reported missing boater. (Photo by David G Curran 06-11-16)

    The U.S. Coast Guard along with local government agencies are actively searching for a missing boater after an unmanned boat was found running with no one aboard in Buzzards Bay.

    According to the U.S. Coast Guard, at 3:45 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report from a crew member aboard a commercial assistance provider vessel that a 30-foot vessel was in gear making way without an operator near the west entrance of Cape Cod Canal.

    Coast Guard Stations Woods Hole and Cape Cod Canal launched both a 45-foot and 29-foot response boat crew, and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched a MH-60 helicopter crew.

    The Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke, multiple local government agencies an three Good Samaritans also responded.

    The Coast Guard is searching an area from Buzzard's Bay to Nye's Neck, and they are set to search through the night and tomorrow.

    According to the New Bedford Fire Department, N.B.F.D. Marine 41 wrapped up their search operations at dusk, and will return to base.  They plan to resume their search efforts in the morning.

    The vessel has since been secured at the town dock in Onset, Massachusetts.