Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman
COOS BAY, Ore. - The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a fisherman missing since a vessel capsized between the jetties of the Coos Bay bar.
The Patty AJ capsized around 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The search ended at 7 p.m. Wednesday after two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend and two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Coos Bay searched for 11 hours in conjunction with divers from the Bandon and Airport Dive Team.
"It is with deep regret the Coast Guard has suspended the search for the vessel master of the vessel Patty A J," said Captain Todd Trimpert, commander, Coast Guard Sector North Bend. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this terrible tragedy and our gratitude extended to all those involved."
Three of the 4 people on board made it to shore safely.
Divers twice tried to search the interior of the vessel, suspecting the missing fisherman might be trapped inside. Debris made conditions too dangerous to confirm whether or not anyone was still inside.
A buoy now marks the location of the now sunken vessel, the Coast Guard said.
Witnesses saw the vessel list to port while turning, quickly roll, capsize and toss three people into the water, the Coast Guard said.
The vessel was inbound with 20,000 pounds of dover sole in the hold and had a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observer on board, who was one of the three people rescued, the Coast Guard said.