The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday suspended its search for a 34-year-old tow boat operator who went missing Tuesday morning near Great Egg Harbor.
The Coast Guard says David McAuliffe was in a 45-foot boat that departed Absecon Inlet around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. The boat was headed to Great Egg Harbor when Coast Guard watchstanders received an alert three hours later that there might be an issue on the boat.
The Coast Guard said the operator aboard did not respond to cell phone or radio calls.
"We are deeply saddened by the difficult decision to suspend our search efforts for Capt. David McAuliffe," Capt. Kathy Moore, commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, said in a statement.
"This is a man who made a career of helping others on the water, often placing himself in harm's way to do so. Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and fellow mariners."
More than 400 square miles were searched from the air and the water from Tuesday afternoon to late into the evening, the Coast Guard said. The search included local police departments, boat crews, Good Samaritans and New Jersey State Police troopers, in addition to the Coast Guard.
Rain arrives for the second half of the work week. Another fall-like blast of cool weather to follow for the weekend.
Scattered showers are possible tonight as a cold front approaches the area. Otherwise, the best chance for rain will be Thursday afternoon and night where we'll see on and off showers and thunderstorms.
Clouds and showers linger though much of Friday. We may still see a passing shower Saturday. Unseasonably cool air returns this weekend where both days only see high temps in the mid 70s with many of us falling into the 50s at night.