Search suspended for missing fisherman off Kodiak

Associated PressSeptember 2, 2012 

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a crewman who was on a fishing vessel that sank near Kodiak Island.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis said the search for Jaime Gallega lasted more than 18 hours and covered roughly 1,400 square miles.

A Coast Guard helicopter went looking for the 58-foot vessel Advantage on Friday when an emergency locator beacon signal was received.

The helicopter hoisted skipper Leif Bolan and two crewmen from a life raft and took them to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

Bolan was pronounced dead at the hospital. KMXT-FM reports that the other crewmembers are recovering from hypothermia.

The Advantage went down about 15 miles southeast of Kodiak Island.

The Coast Guard is investigating what caused the vessel to sink.

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