Updated: NC Coast Guard Plane Suspends Search For Missing Merchant Sailor

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Coast Guard search crews from Elizabeth City have suspended their search for a missing sailor.

The Coast Guard used two C-130's to look for a 23-year-old man
reported missing Friday from a merchant ship 80 miles off the
Virginia coast.

Search teams received a distress call from the Motor Vessel Ever
Refine at around 1:30 a.m., reporting that the ship's third mate
was missing. The crew called for help after they failed to find the
missing man during two through searches of the ship.

It was unclear whether the Coast Guard planned to resume its
search Saturday.

Original Story:

A Coast Guard C-130 based in Elizabeth City is searching for a sailor reported missing from a merchant ship that is 80 miles off the Virginia coast.

The Coast Guard said it received a distress call from the Motor Vessel Ever Refine at around 1:30 a.m., reporting that the ship's third mate had gone missing.

The crew of the Ever Refine noticed the 23-year-old Chinese native was missing around midnight. They called for help after failing to find him during two searches of the ship.

The Coast Guard said the C-130 and the Ever Refine are conducting search patterns along the ship's track to find the missing sailor.


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