BERLIN, Md. (AP/WUSA9) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says it has temporarily suspended the search for two missing men approximately 15 miles off the coast of Assateague Island.
The search was put on hold due to lowvisibilityfrom clouds, rain and winds of 50 to 60 miles per hour. The search is scheduled to resume at dawn on Thursday.
The search began after the Coast Guard received a radio beacon alert at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday from the Seafarer. Officials say the ship had become disabled and its sister ship was towing it.
Authorities say the weather worsened and the ship lost the tow and sight of the Seafarer.
The Coast Guard sent a helicopter to the area and rescued a man from a life raft. He was taken to a Salisbury hospital.
The helicopter returned to search for the other two men. The Coast Guard also dispatched a Motor Life Boat crew to search the area.