Search for reported missing boater off Mattapoisett resumes

Nov 30, 2017

The search for a missing boater off of Mattapoisett, who reportedly sent out a distress call last night, has resumed this morning.

The distress call, made around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, resulted in a search for the missing boater by Mattapoisett's Harbormaster and EMS, as well as Fairhaven's Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard.

It is uncertain if the boater fell overboard or not. Neither boat nor boater has yet been located.

According to a social media post by Mattapoisett's Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to Naskatucket Bay at 8:20 p.m., for a reported vessel in distress.There were two other reports of flare sightings in the same general area.

A shore based crew was also dispatched to walk the beach area and inside the state park to ensure no one was stranded on shore.

The United States Coast Guard postponed the search until 7 a.m. this morning. According to the Mattapoisett Fire Department, another vessel returned and conducted more search patterns, but nothing was found.

Also assisting on scene was the Fairhaven Fire Department, Fairhaven Harbormaster, New Bedford Fire Department, United States Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, United States Coast Guard Air Wing and the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

The Coast Guard sent out a 45-foot boat and a helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod. Both will be used again today as the search resumes, this time focusing on the area between Cuttyhunk and Falmouth.