Family and friends of Bryson Fitch asked community members to keep looking for the missing Bay Center, Wash. fisherman.

Fitch, 25, a longtime fisherman, husband and father of three young children, remained missing after the 46-foot crab boat Ethel May sank in heavy seas near Willapa Bay Sunday night. Two crew members who were able to make it into the boat’s life raft were located and safely hoisted by a Coast Guard helicopter crew.

An extended search by the Coast Guard and state and local agencies was suspended Monday evening.

“However, his family is not giving up and is hoping the community will continue to look for Fitch,” supporters wrote in emails Tuesday.

"Please don’t stop searching. He is out there," McKenzie Salas, Fitch's wife, wrote on Facebook. "He is a fighter. Please keep looking. We need to bring him home. Anyone and everyone please."

“There is a verified GoFundMe where people can support the search effort and Fitch's family,” according to organizers. “He was the sole provider for his wife and children, so they need help covering the bills while they continue to pray for his return.

To view the GoFundMe, please visit:




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