Search continues for 4th fisherman after 3 unresponsive people pulled from water off Cape Ann

CAPE ANN, Mass. — The Coast Guard has recovered three unresponsive people in their search for four missing fishermen that were last seen leaving Hampton Harbor Wednesday morning.

Officials say they still searching for a remaining missing person.

The United States Coast Guard found three unresponsive people after locating an overturned vessel in the water near Cape Ann Thursday afternoon.

Michael Sai, along with three others, left Hampton Harbor in New Hampshire on Wednesday morning in a 17-foot boat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston.

Officials said the boat’s reported destination was fishing grounds near Jeffreys Ledge.

Jeffreys Ledge is a major morphologic feature in the western Gulf of Maine located about 50 kilometers off the coast of New Hampshire. It also extends to within 10 kilometers of Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

“A boat like that shouldn’t be out on the ocean anytime,” said Rick LaPierre, a local fisherman.

Fishermen like Rick LaPierre were surprised to learn four people went out on that size boat.

Their truck was left in the parking lot Thursday by Hampton Harbor as crews searched the waters all day for the missing boaters.

“So we actually saw the boat at the dock when we were leaving yesterday,” said LaPierre. “In hindsight had I known what he was trying to do, I would have definitely tried to talk him out of it.”

A USCG airplane and helicopter, along with numerous search vessels, are being utilized in the search for the final boater that has not been recovered.

There is no word on the condition of the three people that were found unresponsive at this time.

There were no additional details immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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