The Coast Guard suspended its search on Thursday for two crewmembers missing from a commercial fishing vessel that capsized in the Pamlico Sound on Tuesday.
The agency said in a press release it halted the search for the two crewmembers from the Papa’s Girl following a search of about 1,170 square miles. Assisting with the search were the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Marine Patrol, the Coast Guard said.
“At this point, we’ve decided to suspend further search efforts for the two missing mariners, pending further information,” Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, said. He added that the Coast Guard’s “thoughts are with the families.”
The Coast Guard said it was notified Tuesday night by a distress signal sent from the Papa Girl’s emergency position indicating radio beacon.
Two crewmembers from the Papa’s Girl were rescued at the beginning of the search. However, both were suffering from hypothermia and one was later pronounced dead at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center where both were flown.
Coast Guard officials declined on Wednesday to identify the crewmembers brought to the hospital. A spokesman in the Coast Guard’s public affairs office in Baltimore said the agency was still focused on its search for the two missing crewmembers.
Asked Thursday whether the crewmembers’ names would be released, now that the search had been suspended, a Coast Guard spokesman said they would not be.
The spokesman said the agency would try to get an update on the medical condition of the surviving crewmember taken to the hospital. That update had not been received as of Thursday evening.
Smith said in the release the Coast Guard was “very grateful” to the master of the Papa’s Girl, whose emergency position indicating radio beacon “saved the life of the survivor.”