Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner off Guam

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) arrives at the cutters new homeport in Santa Rita, Guam, Nov. 30, 2020. The Oliver Henry is the second of three scheduled Fast Response Cutters (FRC) to be stationed in Guam. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Petty Officer 3rd Class Katherine Hays/Released)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) arrives at the cutters new homeport in Santa Rita, Guam, Nov. 30, 2020. The Oliver Henry is the second of three scheduled Fast Response Cutters (FRC) to be stationed in Guam. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Petty Officer 3rd Class Katherine Hays/Released)

SANTA RITA, Guam —​​ The Coast Guard has suspended the active search for a missing mariner last seen aboard the Ming Maan Shiang No. 38 northeast of Guam, Monday.

The mariner, believed to have fallen overboard, remains missing.

“Working with the Navy and the crew of the Ming Maan Shiang No. 38, we conducted a total of 18 searches, over the course of 73 hours, covering over 5,345 square miles,” said Lt. j. g. Deborah King, the operations unit controller at Joint-Rescue Sub-Center Guam. “It’s never an easy decision to suspend a search and rescue case.”

At 2:04 p.m., Thursday, Coast Guard Forces Micronesia | Sector Guam watchstanders received notification from Taipei Rescue Coordination Center of a missing crewmember from the fishing vessel Ming Maan Shiang 425-miles northeast of Guam.

Upon notification, Sector Guam watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and deployed assets to search the area while also coordinating with local and federal partners.

Involved in the search were:

  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Henry
  • An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew
  • Coast Guard Forces Micronesia-Sector Guam watchstanders
  • Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center watchstanders
  • A Navy P-8 Poesiden aircrew
  • The crew of the Ming Maan Shaiang No. 38

*All times are in Chamorro Standard Time

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