Coast Guard, good Samaritans suspend search for fisherman in Nushagak Bay
A fisherman with commercial fishing vessel Pail Rider went overboard around 3 a.m. Monday, U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release. Watchstanders in Sector Anchorage command center received the report around the same time.
The Coast Guard says the Air Station Kodiak Crew searched 650 square miles for ten hours, but were unsuccessful finding the fisherman in the water near Nushagak Bay.
The news release said the Pail Rider crew fired flares and other vessels arrived to help with the search. The Coast Guard said they made the difficult decision to suspend the search at approximately 4 p.m.
"Despite our very best effort today along with about 10 fishing boat crews who helped us search, we were not able to locate the man who went overboard this morning," said Ray Dwyer, Coast Guard 17th District command duty officer for the case.
According to the Coast Guard, the man was not wearing a life jacket but had on orange pants and a bib.
The Coast Guard says the fisherman went overboard when winds were about 20 mph with 10-mile visibility. They say there were one-foot seas and the water was 52 degrees, with the air temperature at 54 degrees.
The Pail Rider's port is in Dillingham. The fisherman's identity has not been released at this time.
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