Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman near Whidbey Island, Wash.

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing fisherman near Whidbey Island, Wash., Monday.

Coast Guard units, along with Swinomish Tribal Fisheries, Whidbey Island Fire/Rescue and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Dept. marine units and dive teams, searched for the man approximately 21 hours after his boat was seen at Penn Cove near Whidbey Island unmanned and under power Sunday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and two smallboat crews from Station Seattle were launched by Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound after a Swinomish Fisheries patrol vessel crew spotted the 32-foot bowpicker fishing vessel, turning circles with no crew aboard at 2:35 p.m., Sunday. The vessel was registered as a Swinomish tribal boat and witnesses claimed to have seen one person aboard at 12:30 p.m.

Snohomish County, Wash., units joined the search and conducted four dives in the area near the vessel and its crab pots. After turning the search over to boat crews for the evening, a Coast Guard helicopter crew returned to search, along with the Coast Guard Cutter Osprey, homeported in Port Townsend, Wash., Monday morning. The search was suspended at 10:45 a.m.

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