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Search Continues for Bristol Bay Crewman Who Went Overboard in Ugashik

The U.S. Coast Guard is still searching for a fisherman who went missing after going overboard in Ugashik Bay.

Petty Officer Bill Colclough says the vessel Lady Colleen reported just after 12:00 a.m. Thursday that a crewman had gone overboard.

“The person was observed falling into the water wearing dark green rain bibs, with no personal flotation device, and could not swim,” he said. “The crew reported they were unable to get the person before being observed going underneath the water and not resurfacing.”

The Coast Guard issued an urgent broadcast to other vessels in the area. They launched two air crews from Air Station Kodiak; Pilot Point VPSO, volunteers, and state troopers also joined in the search effort through the night.

The air assets paused their search mid-morning due to poor weather conditions and to refuel at the Dillingham Airport.

“As soon as weather conditions allow us to resume the search, the MH-60 Jayhawk crew will continue the search for the missing person from the fishing vessel Lady Colleen,” Colclough said.

Ugashik is the furthest south of Bristol Bay’s fishing districts, located near the villages of Pilot Point and Ugashik.