Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Sailors

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard has suspended the search today for two sailors who went missing during a storm Saturday night approximately 270 miles north of Bermuda.

Coast Guard and Navy assets searched approximately three-thousand square miles for a 47-year-old female and 44-year-old male. The female was a U.S. citizen, and the male a Swedish citizen.

Three Coast Guard C-130 airplane crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., an HU-25 Falcon jet crew based at Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., two Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) vessels and the U.S.S. Carter Hall, a Navy dock-landing amphibious ship homeported in Norfolk, Va., assisted with the search.

The Carter Hall was in the vicinity and assisted with the search while heading stateside following a seven-month deployment overseas.

The Joe Aspen, a Norwegian flagged chemical tanker and the motor vessel Martorell, a 645-foot Panamanian flagged AMVER vessel also searched for the missing sailors.

The missing sailors were aboard the 42-foot sailboat Albatross sailing from Long Island, N.Y., to Bermuda, when a crew with five people aboard encountered heavy weather Saturday morning. Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk notified the AMVER vessel Martorell to assist. While attempting to transfer passengers from their sailboat to the Martorell, two of the sailors disappeared.

Both sailors were reportedly wearing life jackets when they entered the water.

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