Search Suspended For Boaters From Carteret County

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for three commercial fishermen missing since their boat went down 20 miles off the Cape May coast in N.J.

Boats, planes and helicopters searched the storm-tossed ocean for 19 hours before halting just after 5 p.m. Thursday. A spokeswoman says there are no plans to resume searching Friday morning, when weather conditions are expected to be even worse.

Forty-nine-year-old Kenneth Rose Jr., the captain of the Sea Tractor; his 75-year-old father, Kenneth Sr., both from Newport, and 55-year-old crew member Larry Forrest were aboard the 44-foot fishing boat Wednesday night.

Their presumed deaths bring the toll of Cape May commercial fishermen so far this year to nine. The Lady Mary sank in March, killing six. Several of those crew members were also from eastern Carolina.

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