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Search Continues After Point Pleasant Fisherman, Crew Member Vanish

New Jersey Point Pleasant

The families and friends of two commercial fishermen are holding on to hope after their boat vanished in international waters approximately 40 miles off the New Jersey coast.

According to Milene Oliveira, Paul Matos, of Point Pleasant, and a crew member - only identified as Dennis - were aboard the 46-foot Queen Ann's Revenge when one of the men sent out a distress signal at about 1:20 a.m. on Thursday.

The Coast Guard's Atlantic City station has an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter assisting in the search.

Any mariners who find or come across " items related to the fishing vessel" are asked to contact the Sector Delaware Bay installation at 215-271-4940.

According to Oliveira, Matos’ sister, her brother is a commercial fisherman and Navy veteran with years of experience. 

Photos: Milene Oliveira