One Rescued, But Search Suspended for Another, After Two Crew Members Went Overboard From Crabbing Vessel This Morning

Coast Guard helicopter headed north after the search for the missing crew member was suspended.

Coast Guard helicopter headed north after the search for the missing crew member was suspended. [Crop of a photo by Lloyd Snyder]

Two crew members of the Chief Joseph, a commercial crabbing vessel based out of Eureka, went overboard a little after 1 a.m. today eight nautical miles west of the south spit, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Sunderman, Operations Specialist.  One was immediately retrieved by fellow crewmembers but one was lost from sight, she said.

“Our helicopter was on scene at 1:50 and they commenced searching. A Coast Guard helicopter, a fixed wing C27, and two motor lifeboats were at the scene,” she told us. “We had changed out the aircrew once and we had to return for fuel two times…We did a continuous search.We just actually suspended the search as of 1300 [1 p.m.] today.”

Sunderman said, “As of right now, pending further information, we are suspended.” She explained that on water and air temperature, the Coast Guard estimated that crewmember would not survive past nine hours. “We did a continuous search for 11 hours,” she said.

Then, Sunderman added, “Obviously, whenever we have to suspend [a search,] it hits us hard and it is a tragic loss for the community as well.”

UPDATE 6:32 p.m.: Family of Missing Crew Member Pleads for Help

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