Search Suspended for Off Duty Coast Guardsman in Fore River

BOSTON – The Coast Guard suspended its search last night for Seaman Vincent Colon, an off-duty crewmember of the Coast Guard cutter Marcus Hanna. Colon fell overboard from the passenger vessel Casablanca around 9:07 p.m. Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a phone call Sunday evening reporting that Colon was wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt aboard the Motor Vessel Casablanca, homeported in Portland, Maine, when he fell overboard near the Portland State Pier Sunday.

The Coast Guard conducted over 35 searches in an area measuring approximately 32 square miles. Coast Guard aerial assets included Jayhawk helicopters from Air Station Cape Cod and a Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J. The Coast Guard was greatly aided by the Portland Fire Department, Scarborough Fire Department, Portland Police and Maine State Police Dive Teams, local Harbormasters, Seatow, Maine Marine Patrol and the Cape Elizabeth Water Extraction Team. Coast Guard surface resources involved in the search effort included boat and shore crews from four South Portland Coast Guard commands and the Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish of Boston.

Cdr. Michael Ryan, Acting Sector Commander for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, said, “Despite the efforts of numerous local, state and federal agencies, we were unable to locate Seaman Vincent Colon. We would like to thank Good Samaritans and our port partners for providing resources to allow for a maximum search effort. Active searching has been suspended pending further development.”

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