A Tuckerton-based pleasure boat that the Coast Guard was searching for after the father of a passenger reported the vessel overdue has been found.

The boat was found safe this morning by a Coast Guard helicopter and all three passengers are fine, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Nick Ameen. The helicopter crew contacted the boat’s crew by radio and determined they were safe, Ameen said.

The father of one of the boat’s occupants contacted the Coast Guard earlier this morning after the boat did not return to shore by 6 a.m. The boat’s occupants told the man that they were traveling about 60 miles offshore to fish.

"It was a miscommunication between father and son. The father thought they were coming back at 6 a.m., but they were actually staying out all day until 6 p.m.," Ameen said.

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