Salvage operation underway as officials continue to search for 2 missing sailors in the Delaware River – CBS Philly

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ (CBS) – The search for two missing sailors continues for a third day on the Delaware River on Monday, and officials say it is now a recovery operation. Crews spent Sunday afternoon searching for two missing sailors lost in the Delaware River, but had to pack it up at sunset for safety.

New Jersey State Police along with first aiders from Camden, Gloucester and Cape May counties searched the Delaware River and its shoreline near Red Bank Park for two missing sailors who went under Saturday and never reappeared.

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Crews are still searching for 2 missing sailors in the Delaware River

According to officials, a recreational boat began taking water just before 6 p.m. 15 Saturday and sent all three passengers aboard the water.

“A sailor yesterday was pulled up out of the water, unfortunately we are still looking for two,” said Adam Dewechter of the New Jersey State Police.

The man pulled out Saturday had to be driven to the hospital but is okay.

Now, for every hour that passes, hope for the couple still falls.

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“Unfortunately at this point, there have been no visible signs,” Dewechter said

With water temperatures in the 50s and air temperatures in the 40s, hypothermia occurs quickly, which search team has planned.

“Weather is a factor, but it does not limit the search,” Dewechter said.

They say despite the odds, teams from both sides of the river are using all available resources.

“We’re still getting people to go ashore and into the ocean, searching all the beaches and everything in between, we leave no stone unturned,” Dewechter said.

Officials say Saturday’s storms may have played a role in this accident.

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Crews will resume their search on Monday at. 8.00

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