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Search underway for man missing off fishing boat in Bering Sea

A search continued Friday morning for a man last seen Thursday aboard a fishing boat north of a Bering Sea island, the Coast Guard said.

The man, who was not identified, was initially reported missing by the master of the 162-foot vessel Clipper Epic at about 12:40 p.m. Thursday, about 60 miles north of St. Matthew Island, according to a Coast Guard alert.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules crew left Kotzebue on Thursday to search for the man along with the crew of fishing vessels Clipper Epic, Frontier Spirit and Frontier Mariner.

Another C-130 crew left Friday morning to continue the search, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro was also sent Thursday to assist in the search.

Conditions in the area included 15 mph winds, 5-foot seas, 10-mile visibility, an air temperature of 48 degrees and a water temperature of 50 degrees.

Zaz Hollander

Longtime ADN reporter Zaz Hollander is based in the Mat-Su and is currently focused on coverage of the coronavirus in Alaska. She also covers the Mat-Su region, aviation and general assignments. Contact her at zhollander@adn.com.

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