The uncapped 55-gallon metal drum reportedly bobbing in the water off Sandy Hook labeled "radioactive" has not been found, but most likely filled with seawater, said a Coast Guard official.
A fisherman photographed the drum and reported it to Coast Guard officials around Monday at 4:30 p.m. about 8 nautical miles off Sandy Hook. Patch has requested a copy of the photograph, which is described as a standard metal barrel with the word "Radioactive" printed in black on yellow tape, but without the usual skull and crossbones symbol.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Charles Brookhart was on duty last night and saw two photographs of the drum in the water taken by the fisherman.
"We're not actively looking for it right now," said Brookhart, stationed at Coast Guard station, Sector New York. Last night severe weather conditions hampered the search, he said. "We'd basically need another report to relocate it."