Coast Guard suspends search for man overboard in Bering Sea

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard suspended the search Tuesday at 4:37 p.m. for a man who reportedly fell overboard from the commercial fishing vessel Alaska Warrior in Amukta Pass 218 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The Coast Guard’s combined search effort included three HC-130 Hercules aircraft and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter covering more than 1,400 square miles for 11 hours. The Alaska Warrior’s crew and its sister ship, the Alaska Juris, searched for 28 hours. The crewmember’s rain gear was located by the Alaska Warrior.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a call at 1:15 p.m. Monday from the Alaska Warrior crew reporting a 58-year-old Japanese crewmember fell overboard at 12:45 p.m. with no survival gear or life jacket on.

The Alaska Warrior is a 192-foot trawler homeported in Seattle. The Alaska Juris is a 218-foot trawler also homeported in Seattle. Both vessels routinely operate out of Dutch Harbor.

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