Search ongoing for missing sailors

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OCT. 20 — Coast Guard authorities continued to search Tuesday for two Stratham, N.H., men who were reported overdue after attempting to transport their sailboat from Maine to New Hampshire.

Stephen Woods, 55, and his son, 20-year-old Asher Woods, left Rockland, Maine, Saturday to sail their 41-foot ketch, Naobi, to Rye Harbor, N.H., the Coast Guard says. Woods’ wife, former New Hampshire state Rep. Deborah Woods, reported them overdue Monday morning.

A low-pressure system came through the area Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Wind speed southeast of Portland, Maine, was at about 27 knots for most of the day with gusts reaching 37 knots. No contact has been made with Naobi since it departed on Saturday.

“The Coast Guard stresses that all boaters have a communication schedule with someone on shore,” says Coast Guard spokesperson Kelly Newlin. “Whether it’s every hour or every five hours, communication should be made just to make sure everyone is safe.”

The Coast Guard is using two Falcon jets and the 270-foot cutter, Tahoma, in its search.

Jason Fell