Search continues for missing boater in Delaware River near Hawk Island

- Rescue crews are continuing their search for a missing man Tuesday morning after his boat overturned in the Delaware River near Burlington County Monday night.

Authorities received initial notification of a rescue need around 6 p.m. Monday that several people in the water required assistance in the vicinity of Buoy 22 near Hawk Island. 

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a response boat crew from Station Philadelphia. The Coast Guard arrived on scene and learned that five people aboard a 16-foot recreational vessel ended up in the water after the boat hit a wake. Four of the people had been recovered by first responders by the time the Coast Guard arrived on scene. All four were placed in the care of EMS and taken to area hospitals. The fifth person, a male in his 20s, is still missing.

"We are working diligently along with our partners, doing everything we can to locate this man," said Chief Petty Officer Kyle Gerkens, command duty officer for Sector Delaware Bay.

The Coast Guard is searching along with crews from the Philadelphia Marine Police, New Jersey State Police, Philadelphia Fire Marine and other local agencies.

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