Coast Guard suspends search near Point Monroe

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard suspended its search of the water near Point Monroe, Wash., today at approximately 7:30 p.m.

No evidence of distress or people in the water were discovered after several hours of searching by a Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter crew and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Orcas. The Coast Guard began searching the area after locating two sheens and four lifejackets in the vicinity.

The water within the search area is a heavy traffic area for boating and no reports of missing vessels, sightings of distress, or calls for help were reported to the Coast Guard.

A 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Sector Seattle spotted the first lifejacket at 1 p.m. near Point Meadow north of Elliott Bay in Seattle. Another three lifejackets were discovered floating in the area shortly thereafter by the Coast Guard Cutter Orcas, homeported in Coos Bay, Ore., and the HH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles.

Two light sheens were spotted on the water at approximately 3 p.m. Coast Guard pollution inspectors are investigating the sheens.

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