Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver near Cape Flattery

Hoist OpsSEATTLE — The Coast Guard suspended the active search for a female diver who went missing off Duncan Rock near Cape Flattery, Wednesday evening.

The search was suspended at about 5:30 p.m., after crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish, MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, and boatcrews aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and 29-foot Response Boat-Small II, from Coast Guard Station Neah Bay,  conducted 24 searches over more than 30 hours.

Coast Guard crews searched more than 1,200 trackline miles  and 290 square miles during search efforts. Aircrew personnel from the Canadian Coast Guard also assisted in the search.

“The decision to suspend a search is extremely difficult and our thoughts are with the missing person and her family at this time,” said Michael D. McKiernan, command duty officer Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

The search began at about 11:25 a.m., Tuesday. Information about the initial notification and continued search efforts can be found here and here.

The Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with great care and deliberation. After a probable search area is saturated with maximum number of assets and crew effort, and the person is not located, the decision is made to suspend an active search.

The Coast Guard can resume an active search if credible information is received regarding the missing person’s whereabouts.

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