Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Maryland Man

BALTIMORE – The search for an Arnold, Md., man believed missing after his vessel was found adrift in the Chesapeake Bay last night has been suspended pending further developments.

The search for Michael McDonough, 50, has been suspended following a search and rescue effort that lasted 20 hours and included the Coast Guard, the Maryland Transportation Administration Police (MTAP) and the Maryland Natural Resource Police (MNRP).

Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and vessels from both MTA and MNRP covered over 67 square nautical miles of the Chesapeake Bay looking for any sign of McDonough after his vessel was spotted yesterday evening near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge with no one aboard.

The initial indications were that the 39-foot sailing vessel had broken free from its mooring due to the vessels frayed mooring lines. However, the search intensified after some investigation discovered that McDonough lived on the vessel and had also missed a scheduled meeting with friends earlier in the evening.

“Suspending a search is one of the hardest decisions that I have to make,” said Capt. Brian D. Kelley, commander of Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. “After speaking with the family, our search and rescue partners and considering the many factors that go into the final decision, I decided to suspend the search pending further developments.”

MNRP towed the vessel to their headquarters on Kent Island.

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