USCG: Search suspended for missing boater believed to have gone overboard

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a fisherman believed to have gone overboard over the weekend.

The search for fisherman Richard Nee was suspended Tuesday.

A spokesman says the search began after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, when watchstanders at Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth received a call from two crew members aboard a 31-foot long fishing boat. The boat was anchored 200 yards south and 500 yards east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The crew members said the captain was believed to have fallen overboard while they were sleeping between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard says the two crew members had to be rescued by helicopter because they did not know how to operate the vessel.

The coast guard told Monday afternoon the search was still active, although they scaled-back resources to single vessel. Search crews were previously using a 45-foot response boat, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater to search for the missing captain.

A Coast Guard spokesman says there is no indication of foul play.