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USCG Suspends Searches

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The USCG was forced to suspends two searches in the last couple days. Our thoughts are with those who may have lost loved ones and, as always, our gratitude goes to the Coast Guard for all they do. Here are the details:


SEATTLE — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a survivor of a plane crash after searching for more than eight hours near Seabeck, Washington, Monday.

“Our prayers and heartfelt wishes go out to the friends and loved ones of those affected by this tragedy,” said Lieutenant Raphael Sadowitz, the command duty officer at Sector Puget Sound.  “We also extend our gratitude to the good Samaritans who were quick to report the incident and the local law enforcement personnel who aided in our search. Their efforts helped ensure our ability to swiftly find the location of the crash and thoroughly cover the surrounding areas.”

There have been no reports of a missing plane, however, items recovered by search crews, including a driver’s license, have allowed investigators to identify the pilot and notify the next of kin. It is Coast Guard policy to withhold names for 24 hours after next of kin have been notified.

After receiving a call from Kitsap County 911 operators around 1 p.m. reporting a small plane with an unknown number of people on board had crashed in the waters of the Hood Canal, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound launched two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew, and diverted the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake to the reported crash site.

Other agency responders included personnel from Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Weather reported at the time of the incident consisted of clear skies, 12 to 15 mph winds, 1-foot seas and an air temperature of 53 degrees Fahrenheit and water temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

The search is suspended pending further developments.


SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing man near Paradise Point in Port Orford, Oregon, Monday.

Crews searched for the man for nine hours, covering more than 169 miles without locating the man.

“Our thoughts go out to the families and loved ones affected by this misfortune,” said Chief Warrant Officer Alfredo Rivera, the command center supervisor at Sector North Bend. “Calling off a search is one of the hardest decisions search and rescue personnel have to make.”

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a call from Curry County 911 operators around 1:45 p.m. Sunday stating three people were in the water after their 24-foot pleasure craft capsized. It was further reported that two of the boaters made it to shore safely, prompting the search for the third boater.

Curry County Sheriff’s Department personnel reportedly searched along the beach using all-terrain vehicles with no sightings Monday morning.

The search is suspended pending further developments.

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