Search continues for NH man missing off Maine coast

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FALMOUTH — Search and recovery teams continued their efforts Saturday in Casco Bay for a New Hampshire native who went missing after going overboard on the Fourth of July.

Edward H. Berke, 31, a New Haven, Conn. resident and Bow High School alumnus, fell into the water around 7 p.m. Thursday from the 21-foot motor vessel “Ternina” during its operation between Chebeague Island and South Portland.

The boat was piloted by Portland-area resident Benjamin Woodbury, reported to be one of Berke’s closest friends.

Authorities have been scouring the area since Berke’s disappearance, facing challenges posed by the cold waters of the bay.

The search has included multiple agencies, alongside local volunteers, who have contributed to the effort by sea and air.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Maine Marine Patrol, and several local fire departments are involved in the operation, which has continued through the weekend.

Despite their efforts, Berke remains unaccounted for.

Officials urge anyone with information regarding Berke’s whereabouts or the circumstances leading up to his disappearance to contact local authorities.

The search is expected to continue as conditions permit.

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