The Coast Guard suspended its search around noon today near Popponesset Island for 21-year-old Daniel Andrade of East Falmouth, who went missing off Mashpee after his boat was found abandoned yesterday.
“It’s disappointing that we weren’t able to bring him home to his family … it’s always hard to come back empty-handed,” said Chief Petty Officer Brian Guarino, the officer in charge of Station Woods Hole, who was on scene for eight hours Tuesday.
Crews began searching for the man after a Good Samaritan reported seeing a boat driving in circles with no one on board about two miles outheast of Popponesset Island around noon Tuesday.
Reports indicate that Andrade, who was employed by the Little River Boat Yard in Mashpee, left work at around 9 yesterday morning after telling co-workers he was taking the boat Popponesset Bay. Co-workers began searching for Andrade when he didn't answer his cell phone yesterday.
Coast Guard crews from Station Woods Hole, Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead extensively searched a total of 180 square miles for nearly 24 hours.
“We received a tremendous amount of help from the local police and fire departments, environmental police and harbormasters,” Guarino said. “Without these partners we wouldn’t have been able to fully saturate the area, especially in the shallow areas where our boats couldn’t go.”
Crews from the Coast Guard Auxiliary; Hyannis, Falmouth, and Massachusetts Marine Environmental Police; Popponesset Bay, Hyannis, Centerville, Cotuit, and Mashpee fire departments; Mashpee Police Department; and Hyannis and Popponesset Bay harbormasters also helped aid in the search for Andrade.