Coast Guard suspends search for man overboard in Ugashik Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard suspended its search Friday for a man reported overboard from the 190-foot fishing vessel Cape Greig in Ugashik Bay, Alaska.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew, a Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and nine good Samaritan vessels searched a total of 13-square miles along the Ugashik Bay shoreline and up the river in efforts to locate the man.

On Thursday, at approximately 4:27 p.m., Coast Guard Communications Detachment Kodiak personnel received a report of a man overboard from the fishing vessel Cape Greig. Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders directed the COMMDET personnel to begin an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk aircrew to conduct the search. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircraft was diverted to the scene to search for the man.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family during this time of grieving,” said Lt. Stephen Nolan, the command duty officer at District 17 Command Center. “Even though we were unable to find the man, we are thankful that so many good Samaritans were willing to assist for the duration of the search.”

Weather on scene was 8-mph winds, 12-miles visibility and calm seas with a strong incoming tide.

Ugashik Bay is 190-miles west of Kodiak, Alaska.

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