Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 11:49 a.m. for Keith Criner, 43,
a resident of Stockton, California., after he became tangled in a crab
pot line and fell from the 109-foot fishing vessel Seabrooke
approximately 22 miles northwest of Cold
Bay at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday.
MH-60 Jayhawk returned to the 107-square mile search area at 10:15 a.m.
today (Wednesday) and covered approximately 25 square miles of ocean,
after search and rescue crews failed to locate the fisherman Tuesday.
Officer Lee Goldsmith said Suspending a search is one of the most difficult
decisions the Coast Guard has to make
Criner fell overboard when his foot
got tangled in a line while he was setting crab pots. The Seabrooke was fishing
for tanner crabs at the time.
Guard Petty Officer Walter Shinn in Juneau
said the man?s next of kin were notified yesterday afternoon.
Coast Guard reported Tuesday that the 43-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.