Coast Guard search in Buzzards Bay suspended after mysterious mayday call

Coast Guard search in Buzzards Bay suspended after mysterious mayday call

Three mayday calls came in last night.

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules search plane from Air Station Clearwater was deployed to help with the search.

The search was suspended around 1 p.m. on Thursday with "no findings or correlating information".

The Coast Guard has dispatched boats, a helicopter and an airplane to the scene.

According to the Coast Guard, around 8:30 p.m. watchstanders heard a mumbled male voice issue a mayday call over the radio.

The exact location, nature of distress, description of the vessel and number of people possibly aboard are all unknown.

After scouring hundreds of miles of Buzzards Bay, the Coast Guard called off a search sparked by a distress call.

"It was literally a mayday call, 'Mayday, mayday, mayday, ' which is worldwide sound for distress", said Coast Guard Lt. Commander Stephen Hart.

The Fairhaven Fire Department, New Bedford Fire Department, Mattapoisett Fire Department, Dartmouth Fire Department, and Massachusetts Environmental Police were also involved in the search.

Search and rescue officials say they are scaling back their search for the captain of a fishing vessel that ran aground off Canso, N.S.

One longtime resident of West Island said it's not uncommon to see the Coast Guard searching the bay for missing people, but it's always unsettling. You never know. So, whoever's out there, I mean it's a distress call, right?

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