Coast Guard suspends search for missing crewmen 850 miles south of Kodiak

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard suspended its search about 12:38 p.m. Friday for two crewmembers reported to have fallen overboard from the 925-foot Hanjin Pretoria 850 miles south of Kodiak Thursday.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak rescue crews conducted two searches using an HC-130 Hercules aircraft covering approximately 852 nautical miles.

The Seventeenth Coast Guard District command center in Juneau was notified of the missing crewman at approximately 3:45 p.m. Thursday and issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of any vessels in the area. The Hercules aircraft and crew was launched at approximately 5:51 p.m. Thursday from Kodiak and a second Hercules was launched at first light Friday to continue the search.

Weather conditions during the second search were 46 mph winds, 10-foot seas and the water temperature was 46 degrees.

The Liberian-flagged vessel was en route from Long Beach, Calif., to Asia.

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