Coast Guard suspends search for missing fishermen

LUBEC, Maine — The Coast Guard suspended its search at about 5:30 p.m. today, for the crewmen of the Bottom Basher who have been missing since Tuesday night.

The combined search for Joseph Jones, Norman Johnson, and Daryl Cline lasted for about 52 hours and covered a search area of about 104 square miles from Tuesday night until Thursday evening.

Coast Guard crews from Station Eastport, Station Jonesport, and the Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay teamed with the Maine Marine Patrol on waterside searches for the crew of the Bottom Basher. HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod partnered with Canadian Defense Force helicopter crews on over-flight searches. Local sheriff and fire departments, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, conducted extensive shoreline searches.

The body of Daryl Cline was recovered near Shackford Head in Cobscook Bay Wednesday. After an extensive search of the area, rescue crews were unable to find the other two men.

“As the Coast Guard concludes its search tonight, our thoughts remain with the families of the lost fishermen,” said Capt. James McPherson, commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “We offer our most profound condolences to the families who have lost so much in this tragic event. The 47 degree water temp is a harsh reality for these hard working fishermen and it certainly increases the danger. I am very thankful for the extremely rapid response and professionalism of all our partners, but again the Maine Marine Patrol has been exemplary in their efforts. On behalf of the Coast Guard, I also want to thank our very good friends and partners to the north- Canadian Defense Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for the usual professional and timely assistance,” said McPherson.

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