Search suspended for missing boater

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The Coast Guard over the weekend suspended an extensive search for a New York state man believed to be missing off the coast of Cape May County.

According to a Coast Guard spokesman, searchers had little information to go on, aside from two unmanned vessels found very far from each other.

Missing is Vincent Tangorra, 56, from Bethpage, N.Y.

The search began with a report around 11 a.m. from a commercial salvage company that a personal watercraft was adrift off of Cape May.

A Coast Guard member contacted the brother of the watercraft’s registered owner, who said Vincent Tangorra was out in his 37-foot sailboat, Polaris, towing the personal watercraft from New York to North Carolina.

He also told the Coast Guard he last spoke with Tangorra Thursday and learned Polaris was experiencing engine trouble.

Based on the location of Tangorra’s cell phone, a crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May, headed out in a 45-foot boat and found the Polaris, which was adrift about 9 miles off of Avalon. The crew found no one aboard.

A search commenced, with boats, two helicopters and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ibis, homeported in Cape May.

A Coast Guard spokesman said nothing more was found, and there was no sign of Tangorra. The search has been suspended pending further information, officials said. 

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