Samuel Delarso

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Search continues for missing crabber from Somers Point

{child_byline}AVALON ZOPPO

Staff Writer

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Police are searching for a Somers Point crabber who went missing on Ocean City’s north end.

Sam DeLarso was reported missing Saturday after he left his home at 5 a.m. to go fishing at the West Newcastle Road beach near the Somers Point-Longport bridge, authorities said.

DeLarso’s family planned to fish together later that day, but the father of three never returned, said Samuel’s daughter Samantha DeLarso.

Concerned, family members alerted authorities Saturday night. DeLarso’s vehicle was found at the base of the bridge with his phone and crab buckets inside, Samantha DeLarso said.

“We don’t know what happened, and that’s what’s eating away at us,” she said. “He’s just vanished.”

DeLarso is a 53-year-old white man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds, Ocean City police said in a statement. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a button-down shirt and waders.

“He was a crabber, so there’s a potential he could be in the water,” said Ocean City Detective Steve Sullivan.

The Coast Guard sent a helicopter from its station in Atlantic City at 9:50 p.m. Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, an 87-foot patrol boat, searched the waters overnight, said Seth Johnson, spokesman for the Atlantic City Coast Guard Station.

“We received a call from his son saying he went fishing and hasn’t been seen or heard from since,” Johnson said.

After 15 hours, the Coast Guard suspended its search, in part due to low water temperatures.

The Ocean City Police Department and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office are looking in the bay, the inlet and the ocean, Sullivan said.

Fishing is a daily hobby for her family, Samantha DeLarso said. Her father, a retired carpenter, has years of experience.

“It’s been way too long,” she said. “He’s got to be in agony.”

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