- Associated Press - Monday, January 16, 2017

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have suspended their search for a missing fisherman whose clam boat was found empty last week on a small island in Ocean County.

The decision comes after rescue crews spent three days looking for 45-year-old Christopher Hugg.

The Tuckerton man had told a relative Thursday night that he had run aground but didn’t need assistance. But the search began Friday after the boat containing fishing equipment was found aground on Hither Island in Little Egg Harbor.

Authorities had deployed rescue boats and a helicopter during their daytime searches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Officials had expressed hope that Hugg had found his way to one of the many small sedge islands in the area where he disappeared.

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