Search for missing fisherman suspended

The Associated Press

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MOREHEAD CITY — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man who had been fishing on the south end of Portsmouth Island northeast of Morehead City.

The Coast Guard said 57-year-old Bill Vestal was last seen going under water late Monday afternoon at Drum Inlet.

A helicopter from Elizabeth City searched Tuesday. National Park Service personnel at Cape Lookout National Seashore conducted a shoreline search for Vestal.

The Coast Guard covered about 40 square miles in the search over a five-hour period.

Carteret County 911 dispatchers had alerted the Coast Guard about the missing man. The Coast Guard sent a boat from Hatteras Inlet and a helicopter from Elizabeth City.

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