Coast Guard suspends search for man missing off NC

Coast Guard suspends search for man missing off NC

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Coast Guard suspends search for man missing off NC

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by Hunter Hughes, l13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 5:32 PM

CAPE HATTERAS--The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday night  for a man who reportedly fell overboard from a merchant ship approximately 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, NC.

The master of the 478-foot merchant vessel, Ice River,  contacted the Coast Guard  via satellite phone around 10:30 a.m. and said that a 33-year old male crewmember was missing from the ship.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Elizabeth City was diverted from a training flight to the area to conduct a search. 

A second Hercules crew took off from the air station around 1:30 p.m. to join the search.

Two Navy E-2C Hawkeye airplanes  from Squadron VAW 124 were also diverted to help in the search.

The Ice River crew has resumed their voyage to the Panama Canal.

The Coast Guard and Navy searched approximately 4,430 square miles for more than 10 hours before suspending the search.

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