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Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing Crewman

The search for a 38-year-old crewman was called off early Sunday July 5th after a week of searching. The crewman, Nhial Opiew, was last seen aboard the vessel, a 140 foot trawler named the Rebecca Irene, at 4 a.m. Saturday July 4th. The search for Mr. Opiew began around 8:30 a.m. that morning when he did show up for his watch duty. The Rebecca Irene and two Good Samaritan vessels looked for Mr. Opiew for 14 hours that day, covering approximately 100 square miles. The search was, unfortunately, hampered by poor visibility throughout the day and ultimately unsuccessful. The vessel Rebecca Irene is based in Seattle, Washington.
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