- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Coast Guard is suspending the search for two fishermen who were on a boat that sent out a distress signal Saturday near Matinicus Island.

Coast Guard officials say a crew in the air spotted a flare fired from a survivor inside a life raft and safely hoisted him aboard. He was taken to Maine Medical Hospital in Portland.

Multiple agencies searched for more than 17 hours but saw no sign of the other two fishermen who had been aboard the 45-foot vessel “No Limits.” The boat’s home port is Cushing, Maine.

Officials did not identify the three fishermen.

“Whenever our fellow mariners remain missing, especially after an extensive search, it has a huge impact on all us in the local coastal community,” said Lt. Cmdr. Timm Balunis, the search and rescue coordinator at Sector Northern New England in Portland, Maine.

“We ask the community to keep the missing crew and their families in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” he said.

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