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Sea Tow boat found - captain still missing

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Days after it went missing, a Sea Tow boat out of Atlantic City has been located, but its captain has yet to be found.

"I need him to come home, ok?" For days, Lynsey McAuliffe has held out hope that her husband would be found. But three days after Captain David McAullife's boat went missing, he has yet to be located. "He has spent the last ten years of his life learning the water." McAullife's distraught wife spoke 24 hours after he went missing, but Friday, was unable speak to media, after finding out the 49-foot Cape Hatteras had been found.

Officials confirm the Sea Tow boat was located up side down and submerged near the Great Egg Harbor Inlet. Its 34 year-old captain has still not yet been found. "If God forbid, he got stuck in that boat, we still owe it to him, to give him back to his family, he needs to come home," McAullife's wife said, sobbing on Wednesday, "it's where he is supposed to be so we can treat him, and give him the honors he deserves."

Officials say recovery arrangements have been made for the boat, but that tide, weather, and underwater visibility are all factors in determining when it will happen and how long it will take.

But for McAuliffe's family, it's already taken too long ...they just want their loved one home - no matter what it takes. "His body needs to come home to his family."

McAuliffe left the Farley State Marina in Atlantic City Tuesday morning and headed towards Somers Point, but never made it. Several hours later, an emergency beacon from the boat set off a distress signal. McAuliffe was Sea Tow Atlantic City's lead captain, and held a 100 Ton Master Captain's License.

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