Search suspended for cargo ship crewman

The following is a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(SEATTLE) — The Coast Guard has suspended the search that was initiated Thursday evening for a crewmember missing from a cargo vessel anchored north of Blake Island State Park.

After conducting 25 searches throughout the night and morning utilizing assets from Air Station Port Angeles, Station Seattle and the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, the search for the Philippine native was suspended with negative results on Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center watch standers received a call from the captain of the vessel Golden Jake, reporting their chief mate missed the evening muster held at 6 p.m. Thursday.

He was last seen during the morning vessel muster at 10:30 a.m. and was reportedly wearing red overalls. The crew conducted a complete search of the ship with negative results.

The vessel, awaiting offload in Seattle, had been at anchor north of Blake Island State Park for 48 hours prior to the crewmember going missing.

An investigation between Sector Puget Sound investigating officers and Customs and Border Protection officers is being conducted.

By Professional Mariner Staff