Coast Guard searching for man overboard near Juneau

Coast Guard Alaska NewsKODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is currently searching for a crewman reported overboard off a fishing vessel near Mab Island about 25 miles north of Juneau Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received the report at 5:10 a.m. after a crewman fell overboard while trying to remove fishing gear from the vessel’s propeller.

Coast Guard Station Juneau launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew and Coast Guard Air Station Sitka launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to search for the person in the water. Both Coast Guard assets are currently on scene.

“The Coast Guard would like to ask that all mariners in the area south of Berners Bay to keep an eye out for the missing person,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Harkins of Sector Juneau. “The safety of life at sea is the Coast Guard’s number one priority.”

The person in the water is reportedly wearing green rain gear and no flotation device.

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