Coast Guard ends search for missing boat, 4 men
SEATTLE | The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for four men missing from a fishing trawler off the Washington coast, saying it’s unlikely the men are still alive.
Rescue crews had searched through the night after an early Saturday distress signal from the 70-foot Lady Cecelia led them to a debris field, an empty lifeboat and an oil sheen several miles off the coast.
By Sunday morning, crews in Coast Guard cutters and an MH-60 helicopter had covered 640 square miles, “far beyond what the capacity of somebody to survive in these conditions might be,” Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said.
Coast Guard officials are unsure what happened to the Lady Cecelia. The four missing men were identified as Dave Nichols, 42, and Jason Bjaranson, 38, of Warrenton, Ore.; also Chris Langel, 25, of Kaukauna, Wis.; and Luke Jensen, 22, of Ilwaco, Wash.