Coast Guard suspends search for 64-year-old man near Prince of Wales, Alaska

60 SitkaJUNEAU, Alaska—Coast Guard crews suspended a search for a 64-year-old man near Cap Island near Prince of Wales, Saturday.

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur, Alaska State Troopers, the Forest Service and two good Samaritans searched for the man Friday and Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a request for assistance from ASTs after the man’s skiff was found washed ashore on northern Heceta Island. The missing individual departed Naukati on Wednesday intending to camp on Cap Island for one night. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur and the helicopter crew were dispatched after a search of the island by AST’s was unsuccessful.

“The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation,” said Lt. Stacey Tate, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Juneau. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man.”

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