Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman

Morro Bay, Calif. – The Coast Guard suspended the active search for missing fisherman Joe Jones Sunday night at 8 pm. The Coast Guard began its search for Jones on Friday evening when it was reported to the the Coast Guard command center in Los Angeles that he was overdue. Rescuers canvassed a 900 square nautical mile area of ocean Friday night and all day Saturday. The search for Jones’s fishing boat, Wild Thing, took rescuers as far as 300 nautical miles off the central California coast.

The search included a Coast Guard rescue boat from Morro Bay, Coast Guard cutters from Santa Barbara and Newport Beach, Calif, and Coast Guard aircraft from San Diego, Los Angeles and Sacramento. A helicopter and pararescue jumpers from the 129th Pararescue Squadron of the California Air National Guard based at Moffett Field, Calif also aided in the search. Jones’ boat was located through Vessel Monitoring System data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

Jones departed Morro Bay on Thursday, Apr 3. at 6 a.m. He was due back that same day at 10 a.m.

When the Coast Guard suspends a search, it means no rescue crews will be actively searching. The search can resume if information is received that leads the Coast Guard to believe it should continue.

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