Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boaters

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard suspended active searching at approximately 10 p.m. Dec. 11, pending further developments, for a sailboat and its two-person crew who have not been heard from since departing Lewes, Del., en route Panama, Nov. 30. On board the 30-foot sailing vessel “Pride,” are Brock Argyle and Paul Shore, both Canadian men in their 50s.

“Based on all of the information available, we feel we have thoroughly searched all of the areas where they could reasonably be,” said Lt. Jim Reynolds, a Coast Guard Atlantic Area search and rescue controller. “Unfortunately, in this particular case, there are many unknowns, that is why we have suspended the active search pending further information. If we receive any more information that will assist us in locating the sailing vessel Pride, we will resume our efforts.”

The search began Saturday when the Coast Guard was notified that the crew had not checked in with a friend on Dec. 2 as scheduled.

Since then, urgent marine information broadcasts and marina checks all along the Eastern seaboard have been unable to get any additional information about the “Pride” or its crew. The Coast Guard used four C-130s, two small response boats, one 27-foot utility boat and the Cutter Oak to search more than 49,960 nautical square miles from Delaware to Miami.

A search and rescue case is not closed until the search object has been located. All mariners are encouraged to continue to be on the lookout for sailing vessel Pride and its crew.

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