Search Suspended for Missing Alaska Ranger Crewman

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the last missing crewmember of the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger.

Satoshi Konno, of Japan, has been missing since early Sunday morning after the Alaska Ranger sank.

The Coast Guard Cutter Munro and one MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from St. Paul have searched more than 875 square miles since yesterday when Mr. Konno was determined to be missing.

“The decision to suspend the search for Mr. Konno was a very difficult one. We searched long and hard for Mr. Konno and unfortunately have been unable to locate any sign of the Fishing Master from the Alaska Ranger. Our hearts go out to all the families who lost loved ones in this tragic event,” said Rear Adm. Gene Brooks, Seventeenth Coast Guard District Commander.

Weather conditions during the search consisted of 10 foot seas, below freezing temperatures, winds of up to 40 mph and periodic snow squalls.

The search was suspended at 9:12 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

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