Morning of March 6, F/V SEAFARER and her crew of three headed was disabled and on tow by her sister ship, F/V CAPTAIN ALEX. The tow was lost and SEAFARER disappeared from view. Her EPIRB signal alerted the Coast Guard at 10:39 a.m. The Coast Guard arrived about fifteen miles east of Assateague Island, MD, and found Patrick Small of NC, in a raft with hypothermia and a head injury. He was airlifted to hospital care.
The other two fishermen, said to be Walter Tate, Sr., and his nephew, Steve Tate, both also of North Carolina, remain missing. Seas at the time were 8 to 12 feet with winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour; the Coast Guard suspended the search yesterday evening as rain and cloud cover increased with winds reaching 60 per hour, but resumed their efforts at daybreak today. At 1:00 p.m. EST today, after searching over 560 square nautical miles, the search was again suspended.