Coast Guard suspends search for man missing near Lummi Island

USCG MH-65 File Photo

USCG MH-65 File Photo

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man reported missing between Bellingham and the San Juan Islands.

Missing is Nick Saling, 53.

Crews searched over 360 square-nautical miles for approximately 15 hours but were unable to find Mr. Saling.

Crews involved in the search include:

  • Coast Guard Station Bellingham
  • Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles
  • Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin
  • Naval Air Station – Whidbey Island
  • Whatcom County Fire Department
  • Lummi Island Police Department
  • Lummi Island Fire Department.

“After careful consideration and an extensive review of all factors involved, the Coast Guard has made the difficult decision to suspend its active search efforts,” said Cmdr. Matt Michaelis. “We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Saling.”


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