USCG suspends search for missing men in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday evening that it had suspended its search for the two missing crew members from the 117-foot ship that sank in the waters off Dutch Harbor Tuesday night.

The Coast Guard has not released the identities of the two missing men. The two men had traveled in a crew of five on the ship, the Exito, that was transporting cargo for Trident Seafoods between Dutch Harbor and the Aleutian community of Akutan.

It was reported around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday that the ship began taking on water about 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor. Three men were rescued by the good Samaritan crew of the Afognac Strait and taken to Dutch Harbor, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard and boat crews continued to search for the two missing men Wednesday and Thursday. The Coast Guard made the decision to suspend its search late Thursday afternoon, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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