Rescuers in the waters off Little Egg Harbor are searching for a clam fisherman reported missing there this morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police and Tuckerton Fire Department first responders reportedly are leading the search, that began around 8 AM.

Coast Guard officials said they dispatched a helicopter crew from their Atlantic City station, along with a response boat from Barnegat light.

Authorities did not release an identity or description, or details about the vessel, saying only that the boat, with fishing gear aboard, was found early this morning on Hither Island.

They did report that at about 8 PM Thursday, the man contacted a relative to say that the boat ran aground, and that he needed no aid.

This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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