Coast Guard ends search for fishing vessel Timothy Michael crewman

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane

USCG Cutter Harriet Lane file photo

PORTLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard has ended its search for David Mahonen, the crewman lost overboard from the 77-foot fishing vessel TIMOTHY MICHAEL on Dec. 12, 2010.

Mahonen was reported to have fallen overboard approximately 30 miles south of Matinicus Island at 12:20 p.m., Sunday.

He was not wearing a life jacket or cold water survival suit. Initial rescue attempts by crewmembers on board the lobster boat were unsuccessful before Mr. Mahonen was reportedly lost underwater.

The Coast Guard immediately dispatched a Jayhawk helicopter and Falcon jet from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, to the scene.

Despite extremely hazardous weather and sea conditions, air crews conducted multiple searches throughout Sunday.  The Harriet Lane remained on scene and continued searching through the night and Monday morning.

Search crews battled 12-18 foot seas, winds in excess of 45 knots and low visibility throughout the 23-hour search effort. More than 400 square miles were searched.

The water temperature on scene was 47 degrees.

“The extreme weather and sea conditions were a challenging factor in this search and unfortunately our crews weren’t able to find Mr. Mahonen,” said Capt. James McPherson, sector commander for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Our thoughts continue to be with his family during this difficult time.”

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