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Officials: Missing Boater is NJ Police Officer

The Coast Guard is searching for a decorated southern New Jersey police officer whose boat was discovered unmanned off the coast of Wildwood.

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The Coast Guard is on patrol in Barnegat Bay. (Craig Allen photo)

The agency says 39-year-old Jason Sill of Cape May Court House was last seen leaving a marina in Wildwood around 11 a.m. Monday. A Good Samaritan told the Coast Guard he saw the unmanned 23-foot navy blue pleasure craft drifting off the coast of Wildwood.

Responding Coast Guard officers found the keys still in the ignition with the engine in the down position with the throttle forward. Fishing poles were also discovered on the boat.

Sill, who serves with the Middle Township police department, was honored in 2000 for saving the life of an unconscious woman who was suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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