Coast Guard suspends search for man near Cordova, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard has suspended their search for a missing 33-year-old man in Deep Bay near Cordova, Alaska.

Alaska State Wildlife Troopers and personnel from the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore and Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak searched 17 square miles for total of 21 man-hours throughout Saturday night and Sunday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received a call via VHF-FM channel 16 Saturday night from a man who swam to shore after his small aluminum skiff capsized with one other person aboard. The other man was last seen swimming to shore when he went under water and was not seen again. Neither man was wearing a lifejacket.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners requesting the assistance of mariners in the area and dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak. The Cordova-based crew of the cutter Sycamore responded to the UMIB broadcast and assisted in the search using their rescue boat along with the Alaska State Wildlife Troopers vessel Churchill. Rescuers searched for approximately five hours before placing the search on hold and waiting for daylight. The Churchill remained at anchor in Deep Bay overnight and the Jayhawk crew resumed the search for the man at first light.

“As a search and rescue organization, the decision to suspend a search is one of the hardest things we have to do,” said Lt. Matthew Mitchell, Sector Anchorage command center chief. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the missing man.”

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