Search For Missing Pt. Pleasant Fisherman Called Off

Photo courtesy Coast Guard

POINT PLEASANT – The search for a missing fishing boat and its crew has ended after more than a day of unsuccessful attempts at locating it.

A distress call from the 46-foot fishing boat Queen Ann’s Revenge went out at 1:20 a.m. Feb. 8 about 40 miles off the Barnegat coast. The U.S. Coast Guard sent out crews from New Jersey and North Carolina to search for the boat.

However, the search was called off Friday afternoon and the crew is presumed lost at sea.

The sister of one of the crew, Milene Oliveira, thanked the public for their prayers and the Coast Guard for searching for her brother, Paul Matos, 30, of Bayville. With him was crew member Dennis Smalling. No information on him was immediately available.

The Coast Guard is asking that anyone with information call Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders at 215-271-4940.

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Ocean County native Jennifer Peacock is a community journalist and photographer. She’s written for weekly and daily newspapers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for more than 20 years. Readers can contact her at jpeacock@jerseyshoreonline.com.