Coast Guard suspends search for master of Sea Beast near Quillayute River

USCG file photo

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the master of the 52-foot fishing vessel Sea Beast after more than 17 hours of searching near Quillayute River, Wash., Sunday.

The search was suspended at approximately 9:30 p.m. and covered more than 498 miles around the target area.

Twelve individual searches were conducted by Coast Guard assets including a Coast Guard Station Quillayute River 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and the Coast Guard Cutter Blue Shark crew, homeported in Everett.

“One of the hardest decisions the Coast Guard has to make is when to suspend a search for a missing person,” said Cmdr. Brian Meier,  of the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound response division. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends, family and loved ones of the vessel captain.”

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