CAPE MAY - The Coast Guard says a container ship did not collide with a scallop boat that sank off Cape May on March 24, killing six people.

Coast Guard and New Jersey state police investigators boarded the Liberian-flagged Cap Beatrice on Sunday in Philadelphia. They interviewed crew members and sent a dive team to examine the hull.

Petty Officer Chris McLaughlin says no evidence was found that the Cap Beatrice struck the Lady Mary. The presence of the cargo vessel less than a mile from where the Lady Mary sank was revealed this month during a Marine Board of Investigation inquiry into the accident.

A possible collision with another ship is one of the leading theories why the scallop boat sank. A Coast Guard inquiry into the sinking is expected to resume soon. - AP