The unified command set up following the incident said it had suspended the search on Thursday for the two men missing from the fishing vessel Pappy Pride. The Pappy Pride capsized when it was involved with a collision with the 37,395 dwt tanker Bow Fortune which left one dead, one injured and two missing.
Search and rescue teams had searched 49 sq miles over a three day period searching for the two missing men.
“It is never an easy decision to suspend a search," said Cmdr. Jordan Baldueza, US Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Houston-Galveston search and rescue mission coordinator.
“Our hearts are with the families, friends and loved agencies, as well as multiple good Samaritans, have worked tirelessly over the past three days to conduct aerial flights, shore patrols and maritime searches covering more than 49 square miles in hopes of locating these two gentlemen.”
Odfjell Tankers, owner of the Bow Fortune, said the vessel was under pilotage at the head of convoy at the time of the incident.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the USCG and the US National Transportation Safety Board.