Search ends for man overboard

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The Coast Guard ended its search for a Maine commercial fisherman after looking for him for about 24 hours after he fell overboard.

The Coast Guard noted the rough conditions - seas of 12 to 18 feet, winds gusting to more than 45 knots and low visibility - and the water temperature of 47 degrees in announcing that the search had ended.

The 38-year-old man from Thomaston hadn't been seen since the first few minutes after he fell overboard from the Timothy Michael, a 77-foot fishing boat that was home-ported in Newport, R.I. His fellow crewmembers tried to get a life ring to him, but were unsuccessful and said they saw him slip under the water.

He wasn't wearing a life jacket or survival suit when he fell overboard.

The Coast Guard immediately launched a search with a jet and a helicopter after the incident was reported about 30 miles south of Matinicus Island shortly after noon Sunday. At about 8 p.m., the Coast Guard cutter Harriet Lane arrived and continued to search overnight.

The Coast Guard said it was unable to launch an air search this morning because of low ceilings, but the cutter continued to look for the missing fisherman until about noon on Monday.

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