Coast Guard rescuers, including from Air Station Elizabeth City, found one man on Wednesday, but two men remained missing, after an emergency alert about a fishing vessel in distress off Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The Coast Guard searched an area approximately 15 miles east of Assateague Island. The helicopter team from Elizabeth City found a man in a life raft and and took him to Peninsula Regional Medical Center at Salisbury, Md. The helicopter team returned to the search area and continued to look for the two missing men.
Also, a Coast Guard motor life boat crew from Station Chincoteague, Va., searched the area.
However, the Coast Guard said that, due to low visibility because of clouds, along with rainfall and on-scene winds of 50 to 60 mph, the search was suspended. The Coast Guard said the search will resume Thursday.
The Coast Guard first received a report at 10:39 a.m. about the vessel, the Seafarer, which is 67 feet long.
The Coast Guard contacted the Seafarer's owner, who believed that the Seafarer had become disabled and that the vessel's sister ship had started towing the Seafarer. The Coast Guard said the sister ship reportedly lost the tow and the sight of the Seafarer when weather conditions worsened.