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Md. Wreck Survivor Says Boat in Pieces in Seconds

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The lone survivor of a fishing boat lost near Assateague Island says the biggest wave he had ever seen destroyed the ship in seconds.

The search was called off Thursday for two other crew members, 80-year-old Walter Tate and his nephew, Steven Tate, on the 67-foot Seafarer.

Survivor Patrick Small said the ship had lost its rudder and was being towed when a wave snapped the tow line. Small said he was pinned to the roof before water pressure ripped the roof off and crumbled the cabin, washing him out the back.

Small, who suffered a gash to the head and bruised ribs, said he spent 90 minutes in the water before managing to get into a lifeboat, where he spent another hour before being rescued by helicopter.

 

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