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Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the missing boater near Mobile Bay
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The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the missing boater near Mobile Bay

Response crews suspended their search at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Coast Guard and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency have searched for more than 180 hours. They’ve covered more than 9,527 square-miles of water and 164 miles of shoreline.

“All of us that have been dedicated to this search effort since Saturday’s tragic events offer our sincerest condolences to all the impacted families,” said Captain Duke Walker, commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile.

The active search is suspended pending further developments.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has assumed the lead for the recovery phase of this incident.

In all, six people went missing last Saturday after a powerful storm hit during an annual sailboat race. Five other bodies have been recovered.