The name of the
man who fell off the fishing vessel Seabrooke yesterday has not yet been released,
and the Coast Guard is in the process of determining whether or not to continue
the search for him.
man fell overboard just before 10 a.m. Tuesday when his foot got tangled in a
line while he was setting crab pots. The Seabrooke was fishing for tanner crabs
about 22 miles northwest of Cold
Bay at the time.
Guard Petty Officer Walter Shinn in Juneau
said the man's next of kin were notified yesterday afternoon and that the Coast
Guard has a mandatory 24-hour waiting period after next of kin notification for
release of information such as the man's name and hometown.
also said a Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched to the area at 10 a.m. this
morning, and that the Coast Guard will search the area and re-evaluate the
situation, making a determination whether to continue or abandon the search.
Coast Guard reported Tuesday that the 40-year-old man was not wearing any sort
of flotation device and is presumed dead. This is the first Bering
Sea crab fishing fatality since 2005.
Seabrooke is owned by Seabrooke Enterprises of Freewater,
Oregon, but homeported in Kodiak.