The Atlantic Ocean off the Jersey shore can be a dangerous place, particularly in February. Now, a 46-foot wooden commercial fishing boat with two men on board is missing 40 miles offshore and their families are giving up hope.
The boat, Queen Ann’s Revenge, left Point Pleasant late Monday night with Paul Matos, 30, of Bayville, and Dennis Smalling, his crew, to fish offshore for fluke and porgies. At 2:36 p.m. on Wednesday, Matos sent a message to his family, “I’m hauling back my gear now and heading home – it’s starting to get nasty,” according to NJ Advance Media.
Then at 1:20 a.m. Thursday he sent out a distress signal; the boat was taking on water. The Coast Guard mounted an air and sea search and found nothing. Almost everyone in the fishing fleet in Point Pleasant went out to search also. So far, there has been no trace of the men or the boat.