Coast Guard suspends search for man near St. Matthew Island, Alaska

Coast Guard HC-130 file photo

Coast Guard HC-130 file photo

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man last seen aboard a fishing boat north of St. Matthew Island Thursday.

Two Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft crews searched along with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro and the crews of fishing vessels Clipper Epic, Frontier Spirit and Frontier Mariner for more than 24 hours, covering approximately 894 square nautical miles.

The search was suspended pending any further developments.

“Most of us join the Coast Guard specifically because we want to save lives,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Buchmiller, 17th District command duty officer for the case Friday. “The painful reality is that we can’t always bring people home. It is with heavy hearts that we suspended this search today.”

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