A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman says they have suspended the search for Benjamin Sorrells. The 35 year-old was reportedly leaning over the side of a fishing vessel when he slipped overboard. The Coast Guard said Sorrells was not wearing a life jacket. The accident happened several days ago. Rescue attempts by the ACIII crew were unsuccessful.
The Coast Guard said Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Mobile received the initial notification last Thursday around 6:30 p.m.. They directed the launch of a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center air crew and diverted a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from training to assist in the search.
Multiple aircrews alongside the crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Stingray, ACIII, and good Samaritans vessels Randy J. and Bobcat were involved in the search.
Rescue crews searched for thirty-four hours and covered close to two thousand miles in the Gulf of Mexico.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Sorrells,” said Commander Eric King, Chief of Response, Sector Mobile. “The Coast Guard would like to remind all boaters, whether recreational or commercial, the importance of wearing your life jacket.”