Coast Guard Suspends Search for Suffolk Man

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard suspended the search for a Suffolk, Va., man this evening after he went missing Sunday afternoon in the Currituck Sound.

Missing is John Martins, of Suffolk, Va.

The Coast Guard, North Carolina Department of Wildlife, and the Currituck County Sheriffs Office searched throughout the day for Martins in the Currituck Sound near Elizabeth City, N.C., after he dissapperared while sailing Sunday.

A MH-60 Jayhawk Rescue helicopter flight crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and a 21-foot boat crew from Station Elizabeth City searched since Sunday afternoon.

The search for Martins began Sunday afternoon when his 47-foot sailboat Marissa collided with the 33-foot sailboat Dreamcatcher at approximately 1:30 p.m. An early report indicated the collision was at 2:30 p.m.

After the collision, the Marissa continued on course without stopping. The owner/operator of the Dreamcatcher notified the Coast Guard that there was no indication of anyone on the Marissa at the time of the collision. The Marissa was later located at 3 p.m. in a marsh by Tow Boat U.S. There was no one present in or around the vessel, but the motor was running and the sails were up. A wallet belonging to Martins was found at the scene.

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