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Coast Guard searches for man who fell overboard in Bering Sea

By KTVA CBS 11 News 3:52 PM March 12, 2014

UPDATE: The search for missing fisherman was suspended Wednesday evening, U.S. Coast Guard officials said in a written release. The search lasted 10 hours and encompassed 64 square miles, the Coast Guard said.

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans are searching for a man who fell overboard a fishing vessel into the Bering Sea Wednesday morning, authorities said.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew and good Samaritan vessel crews are combing the waters where the man fell overboard 10 miles northwest of Unimak Island, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst. The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew is also en route to assist, he said as of around 3:45 p.m.

A good Samaritan called to report that the man fell overboard at about 7:30 a.m., DeVuyst said. He was aboard the fishing vessel Seeker and his name is unknown at this time.

Thirty-five mph winds with 10-foot sea swells were reported in the area, DeVuyst said.

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