The Coast Guard said late Wednesday night it suspended the search for a missing man who reportedly fell overboard from a merchant vessel approximately 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras.
The master of the 478-foot merchant vessel Ice River contacted the Coast Guard via satellite phone at approximately 10:30 a.m. stating a 33-year old male crewmember was missing from the ship.
The Coast Guard says it diverted a crew aboard an HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Elizabeth City which was conducting training in the vicinity to search for the missing crewmember. A second Hercules crew took off from the air station at approximately 1:30 p.m. to join the search.
Two Navy E-2 Hawkeye crews from Squadron VAW 124 were also diverted to help in the search.
The Coast Guard and Navy searched approximately 4,430 square miles for more than 10 hours.
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing cargo ship crewmember off Cape Hatteras.
A 33-year-old crewmember from the Ice River reportedly fell overboard some 50 miles east of the cape.
The Coast Guard says the 478-foot ship contacted them this morning around 10:30 a.m. to report the accident.
Two Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplanes from Elizabeth City, along with a Navy E-2 Hawkeye crew, as well as the Ice River's crew are taking part in the search.
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