The desperate effort began after the distress signal was sent around 1:20 a.m. Thursday, and now, two fishermen who have been missing for almost two days.
A U.S. Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City takes off during a three-day Aeropsace Control Alert CrossTell live-fly training exercise at Atlantic City International Airport, N.J., May 24, 2017.
After scouring hundreds of miles of Buzzards Bay, the Coast Guard called off a search sparked by a distress call.
The Coast Guard said it tried to use a helicopter to search Wednesday night, but because of the weather visibility was poor.
"The crew of this fishing boat did the right thing by reaching out to us when a medical emergency began", said Lt. James Fennessey, the pilot.
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Family members identified one of the missing men as Paul Matos.
The cold temperatures making it unlikely someone could survive this long.
"At approximately 1:25 am my brother's fishing vessel, Queen Anne's Revenge, made a mayday call that they were taking in water", Oliveira said in a message posted on Facebook. Crews responded to the call but were unable to establish communications.
During the search the Coast Guard utilized Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead, Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, and s 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Menemsha.