Coast Guard suspends search for possible overboard ferry passenger in Puget Sound, Wash.

45 3SEATTLE — The Coast Guard suspended their search for a possible man overboard after confirming with ferry staff no one had gone missing from their vessel during it’s sailing in Puget Sound, Wash., Wednesday around 7:47 p.m.

Washington State Ferry personnel reviewed their videotapes, finding no sign of a passenger going overboard, and confirmed no items, bike or car had been left aboard.

Coast Guard and local response crews, which included the Seattle Harbor Patrol and Fire Boat Leschi, conducted nine searches and covered more than 141 square miles during search efforts.

“With the assistance of local responders and the ferry staff we were able to determine no one was in the water,” said Chief Petty Officer Brandy McNeal, command duty officer at the Coast Guard 13th District command center in Seattle. “We treat every report as a matter of life and death and it’s with our strong agency partnerships we’re able to make knowledgeable determinations so our members and assets are ready and available for that next call.”

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