Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner 529 miles east of Virginia Beach

Coast Guard HC-130 file photo

Coast Guard HC-130 file photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday evening for a man who reportedly entered the water with two other people on Wednesday morning.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s 5th District command center received the initial report at approximately 4 a.m. that motor vessel Stena Progress had diverted from its course to respond to a MAYDAY broadcast on VHF-FM channel 16 from sailing vessel In Tune.

An HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, were launched to respond, and searched over 1,069 square nautical miles.

“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends who have been affected by this case,” said Capt. Timothy Eason, the Chief of Incident Management for the Coast Guard’s 5th District. “Deciding when to suspend a search is an extremely hard decision to make. Unfortunately, after this period of time in the water and extensive area searched with no sightings, it is highly unlikely we would be able to recover him.”

The Coast Guard has suspended its search, pending the development of new information.

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