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UPDATE: Search Underway After Empty Boat Found

An empty boat was found near the bridge Friday morning.

[Update as of 3:43 p.m.] 

The Coast Guard is searching near the Mount Hope Bridge after an empty dinghy was found Friday morning, reports The Providence Journal. 

Police and fire have been searching the area since before 9 a.m. this morning. 

An empty small boat was found around 8:30 a.m. off of Common Fence Point, according to Capt. Michael O'Brien, spokesman for the Portsmouth Fire Department.

The search will be called off after 2 a.m. Saturday morning if nothing is found, according to O'Brien. A University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth soccer jacket with the number "23" was found, according to a release from the Coast Guard. 

Rescue crews believe the boat did have someone aboard at some point, O'Brien said. 

A search began shortly thereafter. The Coast Guard is now asking for the public's assistance in the search. 

Boats from at least six communities are aiding in the search, including Portsmouth, Bristol, East Providence, Warwick, Tiverton and Swansea Fire Departments. 

Search boats belonging to the Coast Guard and Department of Environmental Management are also in the water for the search. 

Crews from Portsmouth, Prudence Island and Bristol are conducting a shore search. The Coast Guard helicopter has also been conducting an aerial search. 

Further information is unknown at this time. 

Check back later today for more on this developing story!

John ("Anything But Sue") October 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
WHJJ Radio is reportting a fishing pole, live bait, and a distinctive item of clothing was found on board...I think a ...."Patriots" sweat shirt or T-shirt with a particular number on it.
the1 October 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
its apparantly a UMASS Dartmouth Soccer windbreaker with #23 on it
John ("Anything But Sue") October 26, 2012 at 07:08 PM
@aqisland: YUP: You are right. I failed to click the Blue link in Sandys article.
Chris Christensen October 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Iiope that the departments involved in this have attempted to find out who #23 is and chase that lead down.
Jennifer December 02, 2012 at 04:25 AM
What ever happened with this????

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