Coast Guard suspends search for Maine fisherman

Posted Sept. 12, 2009, at 5:49 p.m.

BOSTON — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 31-year-old Maine man who apparently fell overboard from a fishing boat off Cape Cod.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen said the agency suspended its search for Chris Hopkins of Bass Harbor at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The crew of the 63-foot stern trawler Bella Rose called for help Friday afternoon when they realized Hopkins was missing.

Fishing boats joined Coast Guard boats and a helicopter crew in its search Friday in an area about 125 miles east of Truro.

A Coast Guard jet went out early Saturday and a New Jersey-based cutter looked through the day until the search was suspended.

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