Coast Guard searches for man who went overboard off coast of Massachusetts

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — The U.S. Coast Guard Northeast said Friday that they are searching for a man who went overboard off the coast of Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard told ABC 6 News that a fisherman is believed to have gone overboard from the Susan Rose, a 77-foot vessel, out of Point Judith. The man’s name was not immediately released.

Fairhaven Harbormaster Timothy Cox said the active search started just after 2 a.m. on the track line between Noman’s Island and New Bedford.

The vessel arrived in New Bedford at about 8 a.m.

Search parties, including the Coast Guard, New Bedford police and fire, Fairhaven Harbormaster, and Massachusetts State Police moved from Port of New Bedford to Robinson’s Hole.

“Freak accidents happen like that and it’s never a good situation,” said Earl Chor Jr., a fisherman working on the same dock as the Susan Rose in New Bedford.

Crews did a shoreline search from Cuttyhunk to Woods Hole, then came back into the channel and searched the Fairhaven side, according to Cox.

Crews continued to search throughout the day for the missing man. Fishermen docked in the port of New Bedford Friday were shocked to hear the news.

“I’m surprised. It’s rarer and rarer. You don’t hear about people falling over,” said Paul Pedreira, another fisherman working on the same dock as the Susan Rose in New Bedford.

The Coast Guard did not release any details yet as to what could have caused the man to fall overboard. The incident has left fishermen wondering what could have caused this.

“Usually around this time of year, there’s not a lot of chop. Maybe a little bit, but not much. Not enough to make somebody get thrown over,” Chor Jr. said. “You always gotta be in the back of your mind to make sure you’re alert.”

The United States Coast Guard sent out an update at 9:30 p.m. informing that their search would continue throughout the night.

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