A report on what caused the Cape Hatteras to sink off of Ocean City this spring may not be available until late October, according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nick Ameen said Coast Guard investigators have as long as six months from the date of the incident to finish their investigation and report on what caused the boat to sink.

Egg Harbor Township resident David C. McAuliffe, 34, was taking the 49-foot Sea Tow rescue vessel from Atlantic City’s Gardner’s Basin to Somers Point, authorities have said, when the boat sank in 10-foot seas in the Great Egg Harbor Inlet at around 10:45 a.m. April 23.

Some captains have said shoaling has increased in the inlet since Hurricane Sandy, although officials have not identified the cause of the sinking.

McAuliffe, a federally licensed captain, drowned, leaving behind a wife and a teenage stepdaughter.

Derek Harper

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.