Posted by: Drew | November 12, 2009

UPDATE: Coast Guard crews continue search for 3 near Cape May, N.J.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard is continuing to search for three fishermen after their 44-foot fishing boat sank 20 miles east of Cape May Wednesday.

Missing is Kenneth Rose Sr., 75, Kenneth Rose Jr., 49, and Larry Forrest, 55.

The Coast Guard received an electronic position indicating radio beacon transmission at 7:35 p.m. from the fishing boat Sea Tractor.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., arrived on scene and found an empty life raft with a strobe light attached.

A good Samaritan, fishing vessel Capt. Jeff, arrived on scene to assist and found a debris field with the Sea Tractor’s EPIRB and a cooler.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., a C-130 crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island and Coast Guard Cutter Mako are assisting in the search.

Weather conditions are 15 to 20-foot seas, 40 to 60 knot winds and two to three miles of visibility.

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