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Officials call off search for missing man in Southport

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Coast Guard search for missing man.  (Source: Karrie Hensley) Coast Guard search for missing man. (Source: Karrie Hensley)
Ambulances arrived to the search scene after officials called of the search.  They were called to assist several relatives who reportedly fainted. Ambulances arrived to the search scene after officials called of the search. They were called to assist several relatives who reportedly fainted.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT/AP) – Brunswick County and Sunny Point rescue officials called off their search Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 for a man who fell from the Southport municipal pier.

Ambulances arrived to the search scene after officials called of the search.  They were called to assist several relatives who reportedly fainted.

Even though the search was called off, Brunswick County Search and Rescues continued looking for the man Tuesday afternoon.

Crews continued efforts Tuesday morning to find the man who was seen falling from the pier to the waters of the Cape Fear River, but they were unable to locate him. 

Siblings say Eddie Hill, 44 of Supply, was swimming with his family, who lives in Southport, Monday night.

Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said Hill went to the end of the pier and told his family he was going to jump in and show them hot he used to swim in the "old days."

The man climbed over the pier and jumped in.  Dove said he swam with the current at first, but then it swept him away.

The Coast Guard used two boats and helicopter over a 19 square mile stretch hunting for the missing man Monday evening for about four hours before suspending the search overnight.

Several groups helped out in the search, including Oak Island Water Rescue, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, Bald Head Island Water Rescue, Southport Rescue Squad, Southport Police Department, Southport Fire and Rescue and the Military Ocean Terminal, Sunny Point Fire Department's Dive Rescue and Recovery Team.

Copyright 2011 WECT.  All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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