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Search continues for two crabbers missing since Saturday

Missing: a newlywed and a new father.
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Posted at 12:02 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 14:44:16-04

PASADENA, Md. — Hope is not lost for Lindsey Vetock and her family as search efforts continue for her husband, Mark Vetock from Glen Burnie, and his best friend Tevin Calhoun from Pasadena.

"Mark and Tevin are still out there; they are together. No matter what happened, Mark would never leave Tevin, and Tevin would never leave Mark," said Vetock. "They are both fighters, and they will make it home."

The two 27 year old's went missing while out crabbing in the Patapsco River near Stoney Creek Saturday afternoon. Vetock says she and Mark just got married on May 3, and Calhoun just became the father of a baby boy and is in a long-term relationship with Ehrin Darby.

"With him, my life and heart felt full. I was looking forward to spending so many more days with him and starting a life together. I just can't describe how painful it is to think of never seeing him again," said Darby.

"They are both loving, caring men who would give the world to help someone. They are wearing their life jackets holding onto each other floating while Mark keeps going through his plethora of dad jokes while thinking of new ones to keep their spirits up," said Vetock.

Vetock said her husband and Calhoun launched their 14-foot Jon boat from their apartment in Silver Sands at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, heading to Dobbins Island. Mark left his phone at home. At around 5:30 p.m., a good Samaritan flagged down a passing Coast Guard boat to say they found concerning debris by Brandon Shores Power Plant.

Among the debris, Mark's wallet, a gas tank and a flotation device.

"Our neighbor said that Mark had a little bit of engine trouble and stalled out before leaving, however, he got it up and running before they left. They had orange life jackets with them that had plain black straps. The boat or the life jackets haven't been found," said Vetock.

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Monday, crews are out searching along the water's surface of both locations, but Maryland Natural Resources Police say efforts have switched from rescue to recovery.

Coast Guard and police were out through Saturday and Sunday, searching for the two men, but are asking the public's help in narrowing down a search location.

"It could have been moved around significantly from the storms, so we would love to have the public's help if anyone saw two individuals in a small Jon boat yesterday out in the weather, where we could get some information to help narrow the search," said NRP Captain Melissa Scarborough.

Sunday, friends of the two also coordinated their own search. Bryan Snyder had a bunch of friends meet up in Stoney Beach to search the shore lines from the Key Bridge to Hart-Miller Island, and across from Fort Smallwood Park down to Fort Armistead.

Vetock says Mark is roughly 6 feet tall, weighing about 180-185 pounds and was last seen in a white t-shirt with a gray tank top underneath. He has several distinctive tattoos, including 'Vetock' written in script across his ribs and a ship at sea scene on his left forearm.

She said Tevin has a similar height and build.