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.
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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