Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner near Unimak Island, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended the active search for a fisherman 10 miles north of Unimak Island in the Bering Sea Wednesday.

Coast Guard and good Samaritan crews searched 64 square miles for a total of 10 hours.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center received a report from a good Samaritan aboard the vessel Seafreeze Alaska Wednesday morning that a crewmember of the 87-foot fishing vessel Seeker, based in Newport, Ore., fell overboard.

The watchstanders immediately directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cold Bay and redirected the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew from a routine patrol near Unalaska to the scene. The Jayhawk crew completed one search of the area, returned to Cold Bay to refuel, and then completed a second search. Shortly thereafter the Alex Haley crew arrived on scene to assist in the search.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the missing man,” said Chief Petty Officer Chris Cole, a 17th District command center watchstander. “The decision to end a search is one of the most difficult choices to make as a search and rescue controller.”

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