BUZZARDS BAY – The Coast Guard announced it has ended a roughly seven-hour search for a missing TowBoat U.S. captain off Pocasset, Mass., Wednesday, after divers from the Wareham, Mass., Fire Department located John Redler, of Marion, Mass., deceased inside the cabin of the 29-foot Triple J around 8:30 a.m. TowBoat U.S. is a towing service for recreational boaters, run by Boat U.S., akin to the AAA of the waterways.
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“Ending a search like this is a hard outcome to accept,” said Lt. Brian Hall, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
The Boston Globe is reporting that Redler had just completed a tow in the Barnstable, Mass., area and was on his way back to Marion Harbor when the Triple J began to take on water. Redler was the only person on board the vessel.
The Coast Guard and other agencies began the search after watchstanders from the Sector Southeastern New England command center received a distress call at approximately 1 a.m. from the Triple J’s captain, reporting that his vessel was taking on water.
A 25-foot Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal, a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole and the Coast Guard Cutter Tigershark were immediately launched to search for the captain.
The Wareham, Mass., harbormaster found the Triple J unmanned and partially submerged around 6 a.m. approximately three miles south of Hog Island Channel. Divers were then called in an Redler was found and identified.
“Sadly, accidents like these are a very real danger of working on the water,” said Lt. Daniel Tanksley, a command duty officer at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center, in a statement. “In the wake of tragedies like this, we urge mariners to recognize these dangers, operate safely, and be prepared for the worst.”