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Search For Missing Maryland Boaters Extended to South Jersey Area

By Kim Glovas

CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBS) — The US Coast Guard is searching the ocean waters between South Jersey and North Carolina for a pleasure boat which went missing Saturday.

Coast Guard petty officer first class Nick Ameen says the 38-foot boat, “Reel Fun,” left Ocean City, Md. on  Saturday morning and was expected in Chincoteague, on Virginia’s eastern shore, that night.

On board were Mike and Donald Bramlett.   When the boat did not arrive, one of the men’s wives called the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard cutter “Mako,” stationed in Cape May, and a Coast Guard airplane were dispatched to the search area.

“No signs of them yet, but we have expanded our search to include North Carolina, Virginia, and New Jersey now as well.  We’re searching using Coast Guard cutters as well as a C-130 fixed wing aircraft out of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (N.C.),” Ameen says.

Anyone with information on the missing boaters is urged to call the US Coast Guard at 757-483-8567.


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