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Coast Guard suspends search for man overboard near Juneau

Posted: July 5, 2012 - 9:15am

The Coast Guard suspended the search for a fisherman who fell overboard from the 39-foot fishing vessel Eleanor S south of Berners Bay Wednesday morning.

"Making the decision to suspend the search for anyone is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make and our deepest condolences go out to the family," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Dawkins, operations unit controller with the Sector Juneau command center. "We also thank the good Samaritans who participated in the search."

In a release, the USCG stated that a coordinated search for the missing fisherman, which covered more than 60 square miles, was conducted by a Coast Guard Station Juneau 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew, an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and several good Samaritan fishing vessels.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a call at 5:10 a.m. reporting the fisherman fell overboard while attempting to remove fishing gear that became stuck in the propeller.

The fisherman was reportedly wearing green rain gear and no floatation device when he fell overboard.

Weather conditions within the search area had winds of 10 mph with 2-foot seas, according to the release. The water temperature was reportedly 45 degrees F with an air temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit and good visibility.

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