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NJ - 3 fishermen die after boat capsizes in ocean

3 die after boat capsizes in ocean
Friday, November 30, 2007

ATLANTIC CITY -- Three fishermen were killed when their pleasure boat capsized about five miles off the New Jersey coast.

Authorities recovered the bodies of Mark Stroud, 45, and Danny Pavic, 63, both of Galloway, early Thursday.

A salvage crew sent to recover the boat found the body of a third man inside the boat's cabin around 1 p.m. Officials identified him as Jerry Berwick, 64, of Philadelphia.

Coast Guard Spokesman Nyx Cangemi said there were life jackets on the boat, but the men were not wearing them.

The 25-foot boat was reported missing Wednesday night by a friend of the men.

The Coast Guard launched a search using boats, a helicopter and a C-130 Hercules aircraft.

A helicopter crew member using night-vision goggles spotted the boat around 1:10 a.m., and the bodies of Pavic and Stroud were found shortly thereafter. Cangemi said the water temperature was about 50 degrees.

The men had launched the boat from Oyster Creek and were headed for Little Egg Inlet, about 10 miles north of where the boat was found. Cangemi said it is not known why the boat capsized or exactly where it happened, since the boat might have drifted before it was found.

In another fishing accident on Wednesday, a 72-year-old man died when he was trapped underneath a 22-foot boat that capsized in the Delaware Bay; two other men survived.

"This time of year whenever you have a seasonal change, you're going to have cold- er, rougher weather," Cangemi said.

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