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Coast Guard calls off search for missing NC boaters

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The search is over for two missing fisherman from the east.

The Coast Guard called off the search for 80-year-old Captain Walter Tate and his nephew, Steven Tate.

Their boat, "The Seafarer" left from Hyde County Friday and disappeared off the coast of Maryland Wednesday.

Daphne Peterson can't remember a time her father, Captain Walter Tate, wasn't either hunting or on the water. As a young girl, she would see him off for every fishing trip.

"We would go down to the dock and as the boats pulled away we would wave bye to them. And then when we would get a call they were on their way in... We would get all dressed up and go to the docks and be standing there waiting for them when they came in," she said.

But this time, Daphne accepted her father likely won't be coming home.

"He loved working on the water and I always knew that one day we would get this call," said Peterson.

Walter frequently sailed with his nephew, Steven Tate, who also had a reputation for being quite the poet.

Friday, the Tates set sail with a third fisherman, Patrick Small. But their boat never made it back.

"His rutter had broke. And he was being towed in. So, Earl Foster, who was towing him in said all of a sudden he realized he no longer had the boat in tow," said Peterson.

The Coast Guard found a 30 foot section of the boat in the water.

Small was in a life boat nearby. He had hypothermia and a gash in his head.

Not too far away, rescuers found three floating life vests but no sign of the Tates.

"We've had our heartaches and we've had our troubles but he was a happy man," said Peterson of her father.

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