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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

Two more bodies were recovered in the waters off the coast of Alabama on Thursday, five days after severe storms lashed a sailing regatta near Dauphin Island, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard search for the final missing sailor has been suspended.

"All of us that have been dedicated to this search effort since Saturday’s tragic events offer our sincerest condolences to all the impacted families," Captain Duke Walker, commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, said in a statement.

Earlier Thursday, the bodies of Adam Clark, 17, of Mobile, and Robert Thomas, 50, of Pickens, Mississippi, were recovered near the barrier island south of Mobile Bay, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said it was suspending the active search for the fifth missing sailor at 7:30 p.m. Local law enforcement will lead the recovery effort for the missing boater, the Coast Guard said.

Including the two found Thursday, the bodies of five boaters have been recovered after a thunderstorm with 70 mph winds capsized vessels taking part in the Dauphin Island Sailing Regatta Races at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard said.

The sole remaining missing sailor has been identified by his family as Jimmy "J.C." Brown. The search covered more than 9,527 square miles of water and 164 miles of shoreline in a 180-hour effort, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are investigating the circumstances of the accident.


— Phil Helsel