The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday for a 34-year-old tow boat operator who went missing Tuesday morning after the Coast Guard received a distress alert from an emergency position indicating radio beacon near Great Egg Harbor. Missing is David McAuliffe. The Coast Guard searched more than 400 square miles, for 65 combined asset hours.
“We are deeply saddened by the difficult decision to suspend our search efforts for Capt. David McAuliffe.” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “This is a man who made a career of helping others on the water, often placing himself in harm’s way to do so. Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and fellow mariners.”