├é┬áPORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the operator of the 20-foot pleasure craft reported overdue near Perquimans River Wednesday night.

Coast Guard crews have searched 173 square miles of area for Roger Turner Jr. His vessel was located unoccupied Thursday morning in a marshy area near the mouth of the Perquimans River.

The vessel’s other occupant, his wife Susan Turner, swam ashore between Reed and Stevenson Point after falling overboard at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday. She spent twelve hours in the water.

It is unknown if Mr. Turner fell overboard at the same time as his wife.

Susan Turner stated that she swam from one crab pot buoy to another in order to stay afloat.

The Coast Guard weighs a number of factors in the decision to suspend the active search including working with our local partners in Perquimans County and the State of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Wildlife Division is conducting a marine accident investigation.

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