Search Suspended For Overboard Crewmember

The Coast Guard has suspended a reach for a missing soldier.

A crewmember of the Army Corps of Engineers vessel Major General Winfield Scott apparently went overboard Sunday morning south of Ocrocoke Inlet.

Coast Guard helicopter, airplane, and rescue boat crews from Elizabeth City, Fort Macon and Hatteras Inlet, and a Pedro helicopter rescue crew from Cherry Point searched more than 1,572 square nautical miles during the 40-hour search for the crewmember.

The search area was larger than the state of Rhode Island.

The Major General Winfield is homeported in Fort Eustis, Va.

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U.S military crews are searching for an Army soldier who apparently went overboard about 15 miles off the North Carolina coast.

The unidentified soldier was reported missing Sunday morning, according to a U.S. Coast Guard press release. Rescuers from the U.S. Marine Corps were helping in the search.

The soldier was last seen Sunday on the bridge of the Major General Winfield Scott, which is based at Fort Eustis, Va.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported the missing soldier was 58 years old and was not believed to be wearing a life vest or anti-exposure suit to protect him from the elements at sea. The ocean water temperatures was about 58 degrees on Sunday. The man's name has not been released.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    He was not 58 years old. He was 22 yrs. old. My brother in law was on the boat as well and served with samuel in Iraq as well. This is a sad sad story for the family and my heart goes out to them and I will keep them in my prayers
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 23, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Not having closure is worst than dealing with the death... ..I'm so sorry!
  • by Kyle Location: Williamston on Feb 23, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    58 years old and on the bridge. He must have been an officer.
  • by Connie Location: Washington on Feb 23, 2009 at 02:47 AM
    God be with him and his family. They both need him now.

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