Coast Guard suspends search for missing crewmember near Kodiak Island

Coast Guard Alaska NewsKODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing crewmember from the 58-foot fishing vessel Advantage near Kodiak Island Friday at 8:40 p.m.

The search, which lasted more than 18 hours and covered an area approximately 1,400 square miles began shortly after 12 a.m. Friday when Coast Guard watchstanders in Juneau received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert from the vessel.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak was dispatched to the scene and hoisted three crewmembers from a life raft and transported them to Kodiak for medical treatment. The Advantage crewmembers confirmed that one person was still missing.

Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrews took turns searching the area throughout the day but were unable to locate the missing crewmember.

“Suspending a search for a missing person is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make,” said Capt. Gregory Sanial, chief of response, Coast Guard 17th District. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

The crewmember’s name is not being released, pending next of kin notifications.

Weather conditions in the search area were reportedly seas of two to three-feet and a water temperature of approximately 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the sinking.

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