Coast Guard and Navy search for missing fisherman off North Carolina

BEAUFORT INLET, N.C – The Coast Guard is searching for a fisherman who reportedly fell overboard approximately 66 miles southeast of Beaufort Inlet Thursday night.

Missing is Allen Nelson III, 51, a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Scarlett Lady.

Crew members of the fishing vessel Shelly called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at 6:45 p.m. Thursday relaying that crew on the Scarlet Lady had witnessed the man, wearing yellow rain gear and no life jacket, falling overboard. The crew also reported they threw a life ring to him, but did not know whether he was able to get the ring.

Search and rescue air crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Air Station Elizabeth City searched Thursday night and continue to search Friday morning for the man.

The crew of the Shelly, the Scarlett Lady, and the Coast Guard Cutter Seahorse, an 87-foot patrol boat, also participated in search efforts.

As a result of coordination between the Coast Guard and the Navy Second Fleet Maritime Operations Center, the USS Taylor, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, was also able to assist in the search. The Taylor, which was the first search asset on scene aside from the Shelly and Scarlett Lady, was in the area enroute to Hampton Roads, Va., when they heard the call and diverted to assist searching.

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