Coast Guard ends active search for missing sailor

BOSTON (D1 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard has ended the active search today for a 65-year-old man who fell overboard Monday while sailing near the Sakonnet River and Mount Hope Bay in Rhode Island.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England decided to continue searching for Bernard Mochan throughout the evening Tuesday. They brought a new set of boats and personnel into the area Tuesday afternoon to relieve the previous ones, which had already covered more than 40 miles over a period of about 14 hours.

A jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., conducted three over flights during the active search; one each on Monday and Tuesday and another on Wednesday morning.

“Ending a search is a very difficult decision, but we think it is highly unlikely that someone could survive more than 40 hours in the water without a lifejacket on,” said Capt. Raymond Perry, commander of Sector Southeastern New England. “We express our deepest condolences to Mr. Mochan’s family and friends.”

Mochan’s wife, Melinda Mochan, reported to the sector at 4:50 p.m., Monday that he had fallen off of their 32-foot sailboat, Elizabeth.

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