Coast Guard Suspends Search for Mariner Near Cordova

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the master of a fishing vessel reported overdue near Cordova Monday night.

The search concluded at 7:52 p.m., Tuesday. Coast Guard aircraft searched for more than 15 hours thoroughly saturating a search area around Egg Island and west to Hinchinbrook Island.

The search has been suspended pending further developments. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez is investigating.

The Coast Guard received a call at 9 p.m., Monday from the brother of Steve Reutov who was expected to return to Cordova from fishing near Egg Island Monday afternoon.

At about 10:30 p.m., a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak based HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was diverted from a training flight to search for the fishing vessel Hero. The Dolphin located the 32-foot aluminum fishing vessel beached on the west side of Egg Island at 12:12 a.m. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer inspected the vessel, but found no one aboard.

The crew located a survival suit, life ring and a strobe light in the surf near the vessel.

At 7 a.m., Tuesday an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak was launched to conduct a first light search of the island and the surrounding area. Searches continued throughout the day.

Reutov was fishing at the entrance to the Egg Island Channel Monday and was last heard from at 1 p.m., by a nearby fishing vessel. The Hero departed from Cordova. Egg Island is located south of Cordova. The age and hometown of Reutov is unknown.

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