Search suspended for missing man near Frisco

(Coast Guard photo)

WILMINGTON - The Coast Guard announced Wednesday afternoon it has suspended the search for a missing man whose sailboat was discovered Monday.

Richard Tomlinson, 82, of Clearwater Fla., reportedly was sailing for Main when he departed a marina in Riviera Beach, Fla. His boat was discovered after it ran aground on a beach near Frisco on Monday.

Multiple crews from Air Station Elizabeth City and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch searched an area that encompassed 2,700 square miles over a 45 hour period before calling the search off. "Making the choice to suspend a search by no means is a simple decision and a decision the Coast Guard never takes lightly," said Cmdr. Stephen Matadobra, Fifth District Enforcement Branch Chief, in a press release. "We extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Tomlinson's friends and family in the wake of this tragedy."

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