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Search suspended for fisherman overboard in Nushagak Bay

  • Author: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 1
  • Published July 1

Update, 8:25 p.m., Monday: The Coast Guard says it has suspended its search for a person in the water in Nushagak Bay as of about 4 p.m. Monday.

“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.

Original story:

The Coast Guard is searching for a commercial fisherman near Bristol Bay.

A crewman from the Dillingham-based vessel Pail Rider went overboard at approximately 3 a.m. Monday in Nushagak Bay.

The man was not wearing a life jacket.

Remaining crew members fired flares and other vessels arrived to help search but the man had not been found.

The Coast Guard says the man was wearing orange and it's hoped the bright-colored clothing will help him be found.

A Jayhawk helicopter and a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Kodiak is searching along with about 10 fishing vessels.

The water temperature was reported at 52 degrees. The Coast Guard reported winds at 20 mph with 1-foot seas.

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