Coast Guards call off search for man and his three children a day after his boat capsized off Maine as mayday call reveals the father planned to lift his kids on to the upturned boat or ‘huddle’ with them until help arrived
- Man with three children made distress call after boat capsized off Maine coast
- He told the Coast Guard his boat had ‘flipped over’, children were in the water
- USCG lost radio contact with the man but searched for the group for 22 hours
- The search was suspended at 8am on Sunday after spanning 1,523 nautical miles
The US Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing man and his three children one day after he made a radio distress call.
The man, whose identity has not been revealed, made the distress call on Saturday at 10.30am.
He informed the Coast Guard’s New England command center that his boat had ‘flipped over’ and his children were in the water.
The boat was 14ft long and capsized 12 miles off of Kennebunkport, a coastal town in southern Maine.
All of them were said to be wearing life jackets, according to the Associated Press.
The search continued through the night on Saturday and was suspended on Sunday at 8:00 am, pending new information. The search spanned a total of 1,523 square nautical miles including Maine Marine Patrol and Wells Police Department (Pictured: Kennebunkport coastline)
‘Mayday mayday, children are in the water now…and we’re just gonna all huddle together…
‘I’m going to try and get the kids on the top of the boat and lift them up if possible… If not, we’re all going to just huddle in the water,’ he can be heard saying in the call, which the USCG has released.
The Coast Guard lost radio communications with the man but launched a search for the family on Saturday which continued for 22 hours.
The USCG said on Twitter: ‘The missing man and 3 kids were reportedly aboard a 14-ft boat wearing orange life jackets when they lost communication with the Coast Guard.’
The search continued through the night on Saturday and was suspended on Sunday at 8:00 am, pending new information.
The search spanned a total of 1,523 square nautical miles including Maine Marine Patrol and Wells Police Department.
There was no sign of the distress caller or his boat.
‘We take all calls for help seriously,’ said Cdr. James McLay, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator at 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.’
Stock image of Kennebunkport, a port in Maine 12 miles from where the 14-foot boat was said to have capsized