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PORTSMOUTH-- The Coast Guard has temporarily suspended the search Wednesday for two missing men east of Assateague Island due to weather.

The Coast Guard will resume its search at sunrise on Thursday.

A man on a life raft was rescued ealier Wednesday. Two other men were still reported missing.

The man was located by an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

Coast Guard Fifth District watchstanders initially received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert from the 67-foot fishing vessel Seafarer at 10:39 a.m.

The watchstanders contacted the vessel's owner, who believed that the Seafarer had become disabled and the vessel's sister ship started towing the Seafarer.

It was reported that the the ship lost the tow and sight of the Seafarer when weather conditions worsened.

Air Station Elizabeth City launched the Jayhawk crew to the Seafarer's reported position.

The man rescued from the life raft was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Chincoteague was also sent to search the area.

It is reported that there are 50-60 mph winds and 8-12-foot seas at the scene.

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