Long Island Man Believed Missing Off Of Cape May Coast
CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Coast Guard on Saturday suspended its search off the New Jersey coast for a missing Long Island man, a day after his sailboat was found adrift nine miles out to sea with no one aboard.
Vincent Tangorra, 56, a former New York City bus driver from Bethpage, had been attempting to take his sailboat to North Carolina for the winter when he ran into engine trouble and had to turn back, his brother, Ray Tangorra, told The Press of Atlantic City.
A Coast Guard spokesperson told The Press Of Atlantic City that the search had been suspended pending further developments. Tangorra’s family has vowed to do whatever it takes to bring him home.
“If there’s an opportunity to continue the search on our own, we’ll do whatever we can to bring my brother Vinnie home,” Ray Tangorra said.
When they spoke Wednesday, Vincent told his brother, “I’m good. I’m going to make the trip slowly but surely,” Ray Tangorra said. Their last contact was Thursday night when the boat was off Cape May.
A personal watercraft which Tangorra had been towing _ and which his brother described as his life raft _ was spotted adrift off the coast Friday, touching off a Coast Guard search.
His empty 37-foot sailboat Polaris was later found nine miles offshore.
His brother held out hope Saturday that his brother might still be alive, perhaps in a hospital somewhere.
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