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Missing boat remains a mystery

MAY 15 — The Coast Guard has called off its search for four Rhode Island sailors missing off North Carolina.

The crew of the 54-foot Little Harbor named Flying Colours went missing last Monday after authorities in Portsmouth, Va., received a signal from the vessel’s EPIRB, the agency says in a statement. They had been sailing from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Annapolis, Md., when they were caught in a storm with high wind and seas running up to 40 feet.


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Coast Guard rescues.

“In the last six days, Coast Guard cutter and aircraft … searched all of the likely and even unlikely areas where the crew could be,” Coast Guard Rear Admiral Larry Hereth says in the statement. Searchers were unable to locate Flying Colours or any debris in a search area larger than the size of Texas.

“Sadly, the threshold of survival seems negligible,” Hereth says.

The Coast Guard rescued nine people from three other boats caught in the same storm, the Coast Guard says. Although its active search for Flying Colours and her crew is suspended, the agency will investigate any leads it receives, the statement says.

Jason Fell