UPDATE: Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Man

The Coast Guard says it has suspended its search for a man who fell out of a fishing boat into the Atlantic Ocean.

A press release issued by the Coast Guard Saturday afternoon said the search was suspended at 6:30 p.m. Friday. 52-year-old Allen Nelson III was on the fishing vessel Scarlett Lady when he went overboard Thursday, 66 miles southeast of Beaufort Inlet.

The Coast Guard says rescue crews searched a total of 1,395 square nautical miles combined for Nelson.

The search is suspended pending further developments, the press release said.



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The Coast Guard is searching for a man who fell off a fishing boat out in the Atlantic.

Authorities say Allen Nelson, a crewmember aboard the Scarlett Lady, went overboard around 6:30 p.m. Thursday about 58 miles east of Fort Macon.

Nelson was not wearing a life jacket. Crewmembers said they threw the 55-year-old man a life ring, but they don't know if he was able to get the ring.

The Coast Guard is searching with a HC-130 Hercules airplane, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and an 87-foot patrol boat. A Navy warship and two fishing vessels also helped in the search.


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  • by robin b. Location: newport on Feb 18, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    i cant belive this news iam hearing. me and my boyfriend was laying in the bed. he says look i said look at what.. he thats allen i jumped up .. and we both looked at each other. and we just sat there listening and being so sad. we cant belive it.. allen use to invite us over to his house, for fish cook out. and he would play his guitar.. and it felt like home.we are so sorry to hear this news. allen was a kind and happy and loveing careing man..we miss him already.. please find him and bring him back home to his family.. we love you allen..your buddy and robin. our prays are with his family.. HIS FAVORITE WORDS WERE. 'I GOT YOU'. WE MISS &LOVE YOU...
  • by charles smith Location: eden n.c. on Jan 31, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    I KNEW THIS MAN 40 YRS OR MORE HE WAS LIKE A BROTHER TO ME AND FATHER TO MY SON, ALSO WE PLAYED OUR FIRST GIG TOGETHER IN OLD ATLANTIC HIGH GYM.GOD BLESS HIS CHILDREN AND FAMILY, AND CALM SEAS TO YA BRO ILL MISS YA------------CHARLES SMITH 2010
  • by irate Location: g'ville on Jan 30, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    Takes a special person to be a commercial fisherman. They are the toughest of the tough. My thoughts are with all those connected.
  • by Meghan on Jan 30, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    i am praying for this family i hope that they find this man safely
  • by Greg Location: Greensboro on Jan 29, 2010 at 05:26 PM
    its been over 24 hours we are praying for a miracle .. this man was my step father for many years , my prayers are with him ..:-(
  • by Hatteraslady Location: ENC on Jan 29, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    My prayers are with this man and his family. My son in law is a commercial fisherman and I know that this is not an easy living. I hope he is found safe.
  • by Stacy and Rob Location: maryland on Jan 29, 2010 at 02:21 PM
    We are praying for Danny and Colt that they find Allen and bring him home! We are thinking about you guys and the whole family!
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    This is so sad; my sympathy goes to this man's family. The water temp. is so cold, and this happened in the dark. God Bless this Fisherman. I pray that I may live to fish....... Until my dying day. And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray: When in the Lord's great landing net And peacefully asleep That in His mercy I be judged Big enough to keep.
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