No sign of fisherman overboard in Nushagak Bay

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter inside a hangar at Cold Bay in early October, so that Kodiak-based air crews can respond quickly during the winter fishing season. (Photo courtesy Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen/Coast Guard District 17)

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a male crew member in the waters of Nushagak Bay in Southwest Alaska after more hours of searching over some 650 square miles.

Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews and a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Kodiak conducted the search for the male crew member from the F/V Pail Rider, who went overboard at about 3 a.m. on July 1. The search was suspended at approximately 4 p.m.

Command duty officer Ray Dwyer of the Coast Guard 17th District said the even with about 10 fishing boat crews assisting with the search they were unable to locate the man and the difficult decision was made to suspend the search.