Coast Guard Suspends Search for Lost Fisherman

BOSTON – The Coast Guard suspended the search at 6:15 p.m. today for the 37-year-old man who fell overboard from a Point Judith, R.I., based fishing vessel roughly 95 miles south of Montauk, N.Y., Tuesday evening.

The crew of the Barbara Ann, a 76-foot fishing vessel, witnessed Victor Blanco fall overboard while he was setting fishing gear. He was not wearing a flotation device. The life ring the crew threw to him was out of his reach, and they saw him go under the water shortly after.

An HU-25 Falcon jet and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, both from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., as well as a C-130 Hercules plane from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., conducted a total of six flights and searched a total of 2,358 square miles. The Barbara Ann and its sister ship Mr. Marco also searched the area since Tuesday evening.

“To suspend a search when we could not rescue the seafarer in distress is always a difficult decision,” said Rear Adm. Timothy Sullivan, commander, First Coast Guard District. “We send our heartfelt condolences to Victor Blanco’s family, friends and shipmates.”

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