As Barrington officials call off the search, one man wants his crew to continue looking

Barrington Harbor Patrol boat. (WPRI-TV)

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Barrington police and fire officials, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Environmental Management have ended their search for the boater who has been missing since Thursday evening.

After using a helicopter, divers, and boats, their search under good conditions Friday turned up nothing, which surprised search crews.

Police are not releasing the identity of the missing boater, whose boat was found 500 yards from land late Thursday night.

There is one man, who with a small crew of volunteers, would like to get in touch with the boater’s family and then continue the search free of charge.

Chris Monteiro with the New England Search and Rescue nonprofit group of volunteers work to find people like this missing boater for free.

“We tried to contact the family,” Monteiro told Eyewitness News. “We’ve been unsuccessful at this time to let them know that help is still out there. We don’t activate our team without a request so once we are able to speak to the family, and initiate that request, we can activate our team and get our resources out on the water.”

Lieutenant Joseph Poccial with the DEM headed the earlier investigation and says there’s something different about this particular missing person’s case.

“Just the nature of the missing person.”

Tune in to Eyewitness News This Morning starting at 4:30am on WPRI 12 and WPRI.com for the latest updates.

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