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Search Underway for Boater Lost at Sea in Cape May County UPDATE: Found Safe

By rlsmetro on
Cape May County

The Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police are searching for an overdue boater Tuesday approximately 1 mile east of Cape May Villas.

Coast Guard officials said Christian Johnathon Hosford, Jr., 33, was last seen around sunset on Monday in a 10-foot John boat near his home in Cape May Villas.

According to officials, Hosford reportedly did not have a life jacket, a whistle or any other safety gear with him at the time.  


Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders received a call at 9:50 p.m. Monday, from Hosford’s friend stating he had not come back in at his expected time of about 6:30 p.m.  

The search is underway by the following agencies and rescue crews:

Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, Coast Guard Station Cape May 29-foot Response Boat-Small,  Coast Guard Station Fortesque 29-foot Response Boat-Small, Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch, New Jersey State Police helicopter and New Jersey State Police boat crews. 

If you have any information contact Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay command center at 215-271-4940.

UPDATE 8:18 a.m. The boater was found about a mile north of the search area in Dennis Creek sleeping on his boat.