Private effort mulled to continue search for missing men

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Family members of two crew members missing since their fishing boat issued a distress signal off New Jersey say they are considering efforts to continue the search for them.

The Coast Guard on Friday night suspended the search for the 46-foot-long (14-meter-long) Queen Ann’s Revenge and the two crew members, 30-year-old Paul Matos and 34-year-old Dennis Smalling. The vessel issued a distress signal early Thursday about 40 miles  off the coast of Barnegat, New Jersey. An air and sea search of 4,441 square miles  turned up no sign of the vessel or crew. reports that although the families have been told there is little chance that the men are alive, they are considering raising money to send a diver in search of the vessel.