Coast Guard ends search for miss­ing boat, 4 men

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

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.

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