BRIDGEWATER, NJ - New Jersey State Police confirmed Friday that the body of missing Bridgewater resident Thomas Andresen was found off Sandy Hook around 4 p.m.
There were reports of a boat in distress in Sandy Hook on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m., and a search lasted much of that evening and Wednesday morning. A sunken vessel found Wednesday morning off the coast was believed to be Andresen's boat that was reported missing.
Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams, of the NJ State Police, said the body of Andresen was found Friday afternoon, and the State Police are assisting the Coast Guard with transporting the body back.
State Police have not yet confirmed if Andresen was found on the sunken boat itself.
Andresen's family had launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise up to $90,000 to bring up the sunken boat, and, as of Friday afternoon, had raised $19,464 by 194 people.
A new post on the campaign page from around 4 p.m. said they had found Andresen on the boat.
The Belford Seafood Co-Op, from which Andresen had rented a dock for the boat, posted a message on Facebook in honor of him.
"It is with great sorrow that we report that divers have recovered the body of Captain Tom Andresen this afternoon," the post said. "He was a cheerful member of our fishing community, and he will be missed by many."