- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have suspended their search for a man who apparently slipped into the ocean from a fishing boat nearly 60 miles south of Mobile Bay.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard says 35-year-old Benjamin Sorrells was leaning over the side of the fishing vessel AC III when he fell overboard Thursday evening.

Crew members on the fishing boat tried to rescue Sorrells but failed. He was wearing blue jeans but didn’t have a life jacket on.

Coast Guard officials said in a statement Saturday that the search was being suspended.

They said rescue crews searched for 34 hours and covered more than 1,980 square miles.

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