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Family of missing boater ask for help in finding him

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The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing boater, after receiving a distress call Tuesday morning.

Update: The search was called off around 8:30 Wednesday night. Coast Guard officials say they have searched over 400 square miles.

Over 30 hours later the family is still holding onto the hope that he is alive and fighting for his life out in the water.

"He brought a coffee to my bed side and kissed me goodbye and that was the last time I heard from him."

With her family by her side Lynsey McAuliffe is pleading and begging that someone will bring her husband home so that this isn't the last memory she has of him.

"David McAuliffe. Dirty blonde hair, crystal blue eyes, and he has a wife and a 15-year-old daughter that need him at home."

Thirty four year old David McAuliffe went missing on Tuesday morning. The Coast Guard received distress calls from his 45-foot sea towboat the Cape Hatteras just before noon.

McAuliffe departed from the Absecon Inlet at 7:45 in the morning.

"We found different pieces of equipment that would have been on the boat. Two life rafts with the name Cape Hatteras on them," said Lt. Leo Robles, of the United States Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard says they also found an oil slick, but have yet to find the boat itself.

McAuliffe is a Sea Tow captain in Brigantine, and is no stranger to these waters and has participated in a numerous amount of search and rescues.

"Being a member of the Sea Tow, he has been at their beck and call in the middle of the night, he has left his bed and his dinner table to assist in many ways," said David McAuliffe, the missing boaters father.

McAulife's family is now pleading that those he has helped now return the favor.

"It is time for the public and the authorities, anybody with a boat who has even met him to get your butt on the water to find my husband."

Lynsey McAuliffe says that she and her husband had multiple conversations about his line of work. He told her that no matter what happened on the water that she couldn't give up on searching for him and that he would fight to survive.

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