Coast Guard suspends search for missing man in Northern Puget Sound

Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw

Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man missing in the waters between La Conner and Blaine, Washington.

Missing is Michael Smith, 39, who was last seen wearing black shorts and a blue sweatshirt.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received notification by the Swinomish Tribal Police Department that a man had been reported overdue by a family member.

According to a relative, Smith was scheduled to arrive in Blaine by sunset Monday.

Crews searched 143 square miles for 11 hours.

Crews involved in the search include:

  • Coast Guard Station Bellingham
  • Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion
  • Swinomish Tribal Police Department

Numerous Tribal fishing vessels participated in the search as well.

The search is suspended pending further developments. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Smith, please call Sector Puget Sound at 206-217-6001.

The original story of this case can be found here.

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