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Red Flare Keeps Hope Alive of Finding Missing Lobstermen

November 28, 1989

BOSTON (AP) _ Rescuers searched with renewed hope today after a red distress flare lighted the night sky off Martha’s Vineyard, where five lobstermen have been missing for nearly a week.

″It’s almost exactly where we would expect it to be,″ said Coast Guard Petty Officer Ken Arbogast.

Two Coast Guard cutters circled a 25-square-mile area 200 miles offshore this morning. The search for the 72-foot Heidi Marie also has involved as many as five jets.

The steel-hulled lobster boat out of Stonington, Conn., was listed as missing Wednesday after its five-man crew failed to call the boat’s owner.

The search intensified Monday after three white flares appeared in 12 hours and again this morning after the sighting of the red flare about 8 p.m. White flares usually aren’t an emergency beacon, but a red flare is the universal distress signal.

Whoever lighted the flare could be anywhere from 6 to 30 miles from where it was seen, Arbogast said.

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