National Fisherman


Investigators looking into the sinking of a Port Norris-based commercial fishing boat Thursday morning off Cape May Point believe the dredge got caught on an underwater snag that caused the boat to roll over.

State Police interviewed two survivors of the sinking, with one man still missing at sea, before coming to a preliminary finding.

"All indications, based on interviews and the evidence at hand, is the boat was dredging and got caught on something and then it capsized," State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said.

The 40-foot Linda Claire was at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, six miles west of Cape May Point, dredging for conchs and blue crabs Thursday morning when the boat rolled over and sent the three-man crew into 43-degree waters. Captain Chris Serra, 27, of Vineland, and Dave Wood, 25, of Commercial Township, were both saved by crewmen from other boats working in the area.

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