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Search for Missing Boater Off Ocean City Coast Suspended

David McAuliffe has been missing since Tuesday morning.

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for an Egg Harbor Township boater who went missing on Tuesday. The search was suspended just before 8:30 Wednesday night, April 24.

David McAuliffe, 34, was reported missing around 10:45 Tuesday morning. He departed the Absecon Inlet aboard the 45-foot Sea Tow boat Cape Hatteras around 7:45 Tuesday morning by an emergency position indicating radio beacon near Great Egg Harbor.

He didn't respond to phone or radio calls.

The Coast Guard had been searching for both McAuliffe and his boat.

The Coast Guard searched through the night on Tuesday for the Lacey High School graduate, and continued the search all day Wednesday. It covered 400 square miles and 65 combined asset hours, the Coast Guard officials stated.

"We are deeply saddened by the difficult decision to suspend our search efforts for Capt. David McAuliffe," Capt. Kathy Moore, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay said in a statement issued Wednesday night. "This is a man who made a career of helping others on the water, often placing himself in harm's way to do so. Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and fellow mariners."

It was reported Cape Hatteras had survival equipment aboard, including two survival suits and two life rafts. However, the search was conducted beyond what the Coast Guard termed as the expected survival time for this situation.

This included the possibility McAuliffe was wearing a survival suit and factored in the water temperature, which was 48 degrees on Tuesday and 50 on Wednesday, according to Coast Guard officials.

The Cape Hatteras has a gray hull with a white superstructure, according to the Coast Guard.

Sea Tow is a boat towing and marine salvage company with locations throughout the region. Sea Tow Atlantic City lists the following biography for McAuliffe on its website: "Capt. David holds a 50 Ton Master Captain's License and a commercial assistance towing endorsement. David also runs our (2) 48' Crew Boats for various offshore and inshore companies."

McAuliffe graduated from Lacey Township High School in 1997.

Assisting in the search were:

Resident of Lacey April 25, 2013 at 06:40 PM
My prayers go out for Captain Dave and his family that he will be found safe and sound.
friend of the family April 26, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Captain Dave I'm keeping you in my prayers and continuously praying that u are somewhere safe and ok, I work with your sister and she is the best boss ever, it's sad that i haven't had the pleasure of meeting cause I'm sure your just as great as she is.....my prayers are with you and knowing that your sister is as strong as she is i know your even stronger, come home we are all waiting for you!!! Praying for the family!!! My heart is with u all
Georgianna Kountouris April 26, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Prayers to all who love n care for Dave,Dear god, please bring him home safe,I am so sorry for the family and friend , that are coping with this tragic incident.....GODSPEED
mmills April 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Keeping Captain & his family in our prayers.
eyecare 20/20 April 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM
your Eyecare 20/20 family is praying for you and the family we all miss you come home safe!!!!

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