Coast Guard suspends search near Blake Island, Wash., for missing cargo vessel crew member

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard has suspended the search, that was initiated Thursday evening, for a crew member missing from a cargo vessel anchored north of Blake Island State Park.

After conducting 25 searches throughout the night and morning utilizing assets from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Coast Guard Station Seattle and the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, the search for the Philippine native was suspended with negative results.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center watchstanders received a call from the captain of the cargo vessel Golden Jake, reporting their chief mate missed the evening muster held at 6 p.m., Thursday.

He was last seen during the morning vessel muster at 10:30 a.m. and was reportedly wearing red overalls. The crew conducted a complete search of the ship with negative results.

The vessel, awaiting offload in Seattle, had been at anchor north of Blake Island State Park for 48 hours prior to the crew member going missing.

An investigation between Sector Puget Sound investigating officers and Customs and Border Protections officers is being conducted.

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