The Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for a missing boater off New Hampshire and identified three others found dead Thursday.

The fishermen who left Hampton Harbor, N.H., on a 17-foot center console for Jeffreys Ledge offshore were identified as Jia Fu Zheng, 38, of Quincy, Mass., Daxiao Lin, 43, also of Quincy, and Jaime Liu, 42, of Litchfield, N.H., who were recovered unresponsive and transported by Coast Guard boat to Station Gloucester, Mass., and pronounced deceased by local medical examiners. The fourth man, Bin “Michael” Cai remains missing.

In an update issued on Twitter at 1:20 p.m. Thursday the Coast Guard reported "an overturned vessel has been located by CG aircraft approximately 7 miles northeast of Cape Ann. No persons in the water were observed. Search continues for four people."

The search for Bai was suspended late Friday morning.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of these boaters.” said Capt. Amy Florentino, commander, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is one of the most difficult decisions I must make, but we want the public and especially Mr. Cai's family that we did everything in our power to find them.

"The water temperature in New England at this time of the year dramatically reduces the survivability rate for anyone that enters the water, and we urge all boaters to keep the air and water temperatures in mind when planning their voyages this spring.”

Coast Guard crews searched a total of 27 hours covering more than 1,567 square nautical miles.

An investigation will be conducted by the Coast Guard due to a death in the maritime environment greater than three miles from shore.

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