NANTUCKET — The search for a missing New Bedford fisherman off the coast of Nantucket has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard has announced.

The agency's Northeast office wrote on Twitter, "After searching for 1,444 square nautical miles and conducting 16 search patterns, @USCG has suspended its search for the male in the water."

Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Noel stated that the search was suspended as of 9:50 a.m. and all of the agency's aircraft and vessels involved in the operation are returning to base.

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The search had been underway since late Sunday night, when the fisherman was reported missing by his crewmates aboard the fishing vessel Blue Wave about 60 nautical miles southeast of the island.

Noel noted that the search is suspended "pending further developments," if more information about the man's whereabouts is discovered.

The man was not wearing a life jacket when he went missing, presumably overboard, Noel said previously.

He stressed the importance of wearing life jackets at all times at sea.

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