Coast Guard suspends search for missing man, 3 children off Maine shore

Published: Sunday, October 06, 2019 @ 8:47 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 06, 2019 @ 8:47 PM

Stock photo of the Kennebunkport, Maine, coast.
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Stock photo of the Kennebunkport, Maine, coast.(Audrey Saracco / EyeEm / Getty Images)

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.

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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.”

Original report:

Rescue crews with the United States Coast Guard are currently searching the waters near Kennebunkport, Maine, for a missing man and three children.



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.

In a series of tweets, the USCG said crews are searching for the missing people about 10 nautical miles, or 11.5 miles, from Kennebunkport.

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.