Search for missing fisherman in open sea off Manasquan suspended

     A Coast Guard file photo of a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, which was used in the search for Renee Lopez, 30, who apparently fell overboard from a commercial fishing boat Wednesday morning. The Coast Guard called off the search Thursday morning.

    A Coast Guard file photo of a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, which was used in the search for Renee Lopez, 30, who apparently fell overboard from a commercial fishing boat Wednesday morning. The Coast Guard called off the search Thursday morning.

    The Coast Guard has suspended its search off Monmouth County for a commercial fisherman from Virginia who apparently fell overboard.

    Thirty-year-old Renee Lopez of Newport News, Va., was reported missing from the fishing vessel Yvonne Michelle approximately 45 miles east of the Manasquan Inlet around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    The Coast Guard dispatched two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, and an 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Mako after Lopez was reported missing, The Star-Ledger reported

    The search ended Thursday morning after the Coast Guard searched more than 240 square miles for approximately 22 hours without finding any sign of Lopez.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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