Coast Guard suspends search for missing man near Monhegan Island

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search, at 8 p.m., Saturday, for the 32-year-old man who was swept out to sea near Monhegan Island, Maine.

Multiple Coast Guard crews searched for the Dublin, Ireland, man for 34 hours, spanning nearly 200 square miles.

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor and the crew of the Woods Hole, Mass.-base 87-foot patrol boat Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead scoured 615 miles looking for the man.

The Maine Marine Patrol, Monhegan Island Volunteer Fire Department, and several good Samaritans assisted in the search. The Maine Marine Patrol had a fixed wing aircraft and two boats assisting in the search Saturday.

“The support we received by the community, in particular the Maine Marine patrol, during the search effort was tremendous,” said Cmdr. Brian Gilda, the deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Unfortunately, this assistance did not achieve the outcome everyone had hoped for.

Crews began searching for the Irishman Friday when a wave swept him out to see while looking at caves from the island. Four of his friends jumped in to rescue him, but lost sight of him.

The four were stranded on Gull Rock until low tide when three of them were able to climb safely off the rocks. One woman needed to be airlifted by a Coast Guard helicopter crew.

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