The Coast Guard received a call at approximately 1:05 p.m. from the spouse of one of the people aboard stating her husband was to be home at 3.p.m. Saturday and he had not yet returned. His truck and trailer were still parked at the boat ramp they left from.
A HH-65 Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., an HC-130J aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mako arrived on scene and continued to search for the people throughout the night.
At approximately 10:20 p.m. the HC-130J crew spotted the vessel through their multi-mode radar, which is an advanced operational radar system. After they picked up the initial target with the system, they were able to arrive to the location where the cream-colored vessel was spotted with four people aboard. The crew of the Mako was diverted to the area, launched their small boat, and rescued all four people.
A crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May moored the vessel at Spicer’ s boat ramp.
It was also reported the 22-foot vessel did not have an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, and did not have a VHF radio aboard or a working cell phone.