The Coast Guard was searching Tuesday for four people who reportedly abandoned a 33-foot sailboat near Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
Coast Guard Sector New York received a distress call about 3:15 a.m. from the crew of the Courtney Lynn stating the vessel was taking on water.
Shortly before 4 a.m., the Courtney Lynn crew told the Coast Guard they were planning to abandon the boat and board an attached gray dinghy.
The Coast Guard said it sent rescue aircraft from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Atlantic City, New Jersey, and a rescue boat from its Sandy Hook station. Local and state crews also were responding, it said.
Communication with the sailboat was lost after the crew members - who lacked flares, and hand-held radio and an air horn - said they were abandoning ship, the Coast Guard reported.