Search for man overboard suspended

Posted: Monday, July 06, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search in Alaska's Aleutian Islands for a man reported overboard from a commercial fishing vessel.

The search for 38-year-old Nhial Opiew was called off early Sunday.

The Coast Guard said it got a call from the Seattle-based trawler Rebecca Irene Saturday morning that the man fell overboard 24 miles southeast of Umnak Island.

Searchers said they were hampered by low visibility.

The crew of the Rebecca Irene and two other vessels also searched and the Coast Guard said the combined efforts covered more than 100 square miles.

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