Coast Guard suspends search for missing crabber in Albemarle Sound

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday for a missing fisherman who reportedly fell overboard while crabbing two miles south of Frog Island in the Albemarle Sound Tuesday afternoon.

Eye-witnesses aboard the fishing boat said Lai Troung fell overboard while trying to retrieve a crab pot. Troung reportedly submerged and never resurfaced.

The captain aboard the crab boat tried to recover Troung but was unsuccessful and then notified the Coast Guard.

Crews from Coast Guard Sector North Carolina launched a rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City and rescue small boat from Station Elizabeth City at 9:27 a.m. and began searching near Frog Island in Albemarle Sound.

The Coast Guard deployed a data marker buoy to pinpoint the area with the highest probability to locate the missing fisherman. The North Carolina Marine Patrol, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Hertford Emergency Response Team and a dive team from New Bern also assisted in the search.

The Coast Guard response covered 300 square nautical miles.

“Mariners are reminded to take particular caution while working on the water, including wearing a life jacket and watching your footing,” said Lt. j.g. Scott M. Hembrook public affairs officer for Sector N.C.

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