NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search for a missing civil service member near Oregon Inlet, N.C. around 10:30 a.m. Thursday

Multiple crews conducted a search and rescue operation in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia for the missing civil service mariner Wednesday night. Crews searched for 37 hours, covering more than 1,522 square nautical miles.

According to a release from Military Sealift Command, the mariner was reported missing from the Military Sealift Command Dry Cargo and Ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) Wednesday after failing to appear for morning muster.

Military Sealift Command identified the mariner as Charles Lee Reese III from Mississippi. USNS Medgar Evers currently operates out of Naval Station Norfolk.

Fast response cutter USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal and a U.S. Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat from U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina also joined in the search.

No further information has been released.

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