Coast Guard Suspends Search for Petersburg Man

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for Thomas Lewis, 52-year-old Petersburg man, who was reported missing on September 12, 2008 after failing to return on September 11, 2008 from a three-day fishing trip in Frederick Sound.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Sitka located the overdue vessel, Hurricane, aground on Cape Fanshaw with no one on board. Hurricane’s engines were running and the catch on board was not cleaned and spoiled. Information retrieved from the vessel’s navigation system and laptop indicated that no entries had been made after 5:45pm on September 9, 2008.

Ground teams from the South East Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search (SEADOGS) searched the area of the grounded fishing vessel. Coast Guard, Civil Air Patrol, and Army National Guard aircrews conducted extensive searches of the area, including the shorelines of all smaller neighboring islands. Coast Guard Cutter Liberty , Coast Guard Auxiliary, and seven Good Samaritan fishing vessels searched the waters off of Cape Fanshaw. A total of 1,472 nautical miles were searched.

The Coast Guard is still asking mariners and aircraft transiting this area to remain vigilant and report any sightings to the Coast Guard at (907) 463-2991.

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