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CAPE HATTERAS--The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday night for a man who reportedly fell overboard from a merchant ship approximately 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, NC.

The master of the 478-foot merchant vessel, Ice River, contacted the Coast Guard via satellite phone around 10:30 a.m. and said that a 33-year old male crewmember was missing from the ship.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Elizabeth City was diverted from a training flight to the area to conduct a search.

A second Hercules crew took off from the air station around 1:30 p.m. to join the search.

Two Navy E-2C Hawkeye airplanes from Squadron VAW 124 were also diverted to help in the search.

The Ice River crew has resumed their voyage to the Panama Canal.

The Coast Guard and Navy searched approximately 4,430 square miles for more than 10 hours before suspending the search.

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