Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner off NC coast

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has suspended the search Wednesday for a missing man who reportedly fell overboard from a merchant vessel approximately 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The master of the 478-foot merchant vessel Ice River contacted Coast Guard watchstanders via satellite phone at approximately 10:30 a.m. stating that a 33-year old male crewmember was missing from the ship.

WCoast Guard watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina diverted a crew aboard an HC-130 Hercules from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., which was conducting training in the vicinity, to commence the search.

A second Hercules crew took off from the air station at approximately 1:30 p.m. to join the search.

Two Navy E-2 Hawkeye crews from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 (VAW 124) were also diverted to help in the search.

The Ice River crew has resumed their voyage to the Panama Canal.

The Coast Guard and Navy searched approximately 4,430 square miles for more than 10 hours.

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