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Published: Sunday, October 06, 2019 @ 8:47 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 06, 2019 @ 8:47 PM
By: Manoella Macedo, Boston25News.com
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search at 8 a.m. Sunday for a missing man and three children off the waters of Kennebunkport, Maine, pending new information.
USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) October 6, 2019
Update 8:38 p.m. EDT Oct. 6: Officials received a radio distress call 10:30 a.m. Saturday from a man reporting that his boat capsized with three kids onboard. The Coast Guard lost radio communication but conducted a 22-hour search with help from other Coast Guard crews.
They searched a total of 1,523 square nautical miles.
“We take all calls for help seriously,” said Cmdr. James McLay, search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “We utilized every resource at our disposal and applied an extraordinary amount of search effort to locate these boaters. If there was anyone in distress, we gave them the best possible chance for rescue.”
Rescue crews with the United States Coast Guard are currently searching the waters near Kennebunkport, Maine, for a missing man and three children.
#BreakingNews @USCGNortheast Rescue crews from Stations South Portland and Portsmouth, Air Station Cape Cod, Cutter Reefshark and local agencies actively searching for a man and 3 kids, 10NM off of Kennebunkport, Maine. #SAR— USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) October 5, 2019
According to the USCG, the man and children were reportedly aboard a 14-foot boat and wearing orange life jackets when they lost communication with the Coast Guard.
Crews from stations South Portland and Portsmouth, Air Station Cape Cod, Cutter Reefshark and local agencies are all assisting in the search.
Later in the day, the USCG released the audio of the mayday call from the missing man.