Hearings on scallop boat sinking delayed

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">A photo of the Lady Mary, submitted by viewer James P. Boos</span></div>
April 2, 2009 11:13:56 AM PDT
The Coast Guard is trying to locate the scallop boat that sank off the New Jersey coast so a submersible vehicle can dive to the wreck. Only one of seven crew members aboard the Lady Mary is known to have survived the March 24 sinking. Four remain missing.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Thomas Jefferson has sailed from Norfolk, Va., and will use sonar to attempt to locate the wreck about 75 miles off Cape May.

A remotely operated vehicle will be sent down to capture images.

The Coast Guard says the survey will help identify the condition of the vessel and any contributing factors that lead to the sinking.

Officials have postponed an April 6 hearing into the sinking until the survey results are analyzed.

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