Coast Guard searching for missing French sailor

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Coast Guard Station Golden Gate lifeboat crews conduct surf training near Ocean Beach in California, Nov. 10, 2016. The crews train in high surf to ensure they are prepared to respond to any maritime emergency during rough weather conditions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart)

BEAUFORT, N.C. — The Coast Guard is looking for a French sailor who issued a distress call after he left North Carolina for New York City earlier this week.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received a mayday call late Sunday from 73-year-old Joseph Calland aboard the 39-foot (12-meter) sailboat Nennette. Calland was headed from Beaufort, North Carolina, to New York City.

Coast Guard and Navy crews searched from the distress call origination point to New York through Monday afternoon without finding anything.

Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard received word that the sailboat was overdue in New York.

The search has covered about 2,000 square miles (5,200 square kilometers) so far.

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