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Six Boaters Missing Off Atlantic City
Written by Rod Houck   
Monday, 11 October 2010 08:44


32 foot BlackfinATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Six men are missing after they didn't return from an overnight fishing trip 85 miles east of Atlantic City, N.J.

Two rescue helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, a C-130 aircraft and three Coast Guard boats are searching the area known as the Canyons, or Toms Canyon for the missing men.

The Coast Guard says it received a call at 6:40 p.m. Sunday from the wife of one of men.

She said the men had left Forked River Saturday aboard the 32-foot vessel Black Magic for an overnight fishing trip.

The web site for the boat says it is a 40-foot Viking that is piloted by a charter captain, and it specializes in trips to the Canyons.

The site says the boat is equipped with a satellite rescue beacon and life raft.

They were set to return Sunday morning.

The men are Bernie Otiemsky, Jerry Lewis, Ed Filcox, Geoffrey McDade, James McDade and Ray Somerville. There is no word on their hometowns.

Anyone with information about the missing boaters is asked to call Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at 215-271-4960.

The Captains and Crew of NJSWF send their Prayers for a safe return.


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Update :  2:45 PM

There is also now a report from the AP that the boat may have gone offcourse and could be as far north as Martha's Vineyard, after initial reports put the boat 85 miles east o

Thomas McDade is the son of boat owner Geoffrey McDade and thebrother of one of the other fishermen, James McDade.

He says his mother called the Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon when the group did not return as planned from an overnight deep-sea tuna fishing trip aboard the 32-foot vessel Black Magic.

The Coast Guard initially was searching off the New Jersey coast, but they have moved to the north, near Martha's Vineyard, Mass., after a mayday call came from there around 1 a.m. Monday.


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