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Coast Guard Suspends Search for Reportedly Capsized Boat in New Jersey

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By    |   Monday, 28 Mar 2016 11:15 AM

The Coast Guard suspended its search Saturday for boaters reportedly capsized off the coast of Brigantine, New Jersey.

The search began Friday after the Coast Guard received a report that three or four people were in the water after a fishing boat capsized about a half-mile off the coast, NJ.com reported.

The initial report was made at about 5:45 p.m. on Friday with no other reports of missing or overdue boaters in the area.

The search covered about 196 square miles of ocean in 22 hours and involved a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, Coast Guard News reported.

Brigantine police said they investigated local boat ramps and fishing piers, and found everyone accounted for, WPVI-TV reported.

Coast Guard Chief Nick Ameen said no floating debris or other evidence that a boat was capsized was found during the search, Philly.com reported. The initial report was made when a man walking on the beach called 911. Police who responded to the call also saw a vessel and called the Coast Guard.

Also on Saturday, the Coast Guard suspended a search off the coast of Texas for 49-year-old Ba Van Nguyen, a fisherman who went missing in the Houston Ship Channel near Eagle Point on Friday, KTRK-TV reported.

Six teams searched for Ba Van Nguyen after his 54-foot shrimp boat was seen spinning in circles.

 "We found his boat and his car, but he's nowhere to be found," his daughter, Judy Nguyen, told KTRK-TV.

Coast Guard teams on the West Coast last week suspended a search for two people whose airplane crashed Wednesday in the mouth of the Columbia River, The Oregonian reported.

Former Clark County Commissioner John McKibbin was helping a friend Irene Mustain spread her husband’s ashes when their airplane crashed, according to reports. That search was suspended Thursday.

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