Officials suspend search for missing fisherman Christopher Hugg

Authorities have suspended their search for 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, of Tuckerton.



Hugg apparently 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.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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