Coast Guard searching for man overboard in Togiak Bay

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard is searching for a 31-year-old fisherman reported to have fallen overboard from the 28-foot fishing vessel Miss Colleen approximately one half mile off Anchor Point in Togiak Bay Friday night.

Benjamin Symmes, hometown unknown, was last seen aboard the ship by the crew between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. and was reported to be wearing orange rain gear.

The Coast Guard 17th District Rescue Coordination Center in Juneau was notified of the missing man at approximately 9:46 p.m. via VHF radio from the Miss Colleen. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to request the assistance of any vessels in the area.

Crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak searched for the missing man but did not locate him overnight. The Hercules crew deployed a self locating data marker buoy to aid the search. The helicopter crew and the crew of the Miss Colleen are continuing the search efforts today.

The data marker buoy aids the Coast Guard with information regarding direction of current, rate of drift and water temperature.

Weather conditions in the search area are cloudy and an air temperature of 50 degrees with a southeast wind of eight mph. The water temperature is approximately 50 degrees.

The Miss Colleen is homeported in Metlakatla.

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