BOURNE, MASS. (WHDH) - The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible missing boater in Buzzards Bay after receiving a muffled mayday call on Wednesday night.
“Mayday. Mayday,” was mumbled during a distress call that came in around 8:30 p.m.
Crews searched the area late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. The search was suspended Thursday at 1:09 p.m., officials said.
“The calls themselves are pretty clear that the person sounds like they’re in distress,” Petty Officer Andrew Barresi told 7News.
Officials say two distress calls followed the initial one. Each time, the faint voice of a man could be heard saying “Mayday. Mayday.”
The Coast Guard reached out via radio after receiving the calls, but were not able to establish contact, according to Barresi.
It was unclear what type of boat the Coast Guard was looking for, its location and how many people were on board.
Barresi says the Coast Guard was only able to narrow the search to a “general location.”
The search covered a total 767 square nautical miles and included Coast Guard, state, and local responders.
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