The search is on for a fishing boat crewman from F/V Pail Rider, home ported from Dillingham, in the water in Nushagak Bay, in the early morning hours of Monday. Coast Guard reported up to 10 good Samaritan vessels are assisting.
Coast Guard and others are searching for a male crew member from the commercial fishing vessel Pail Rider who went overboard at approximately 3 a.m.
The crewman was not wearing a life jacket, but was wearing orange pants and bib. The crew aboard the Pail Rider fired flares and other vessels arrived on scene to assist with the search. Approximately 10 good Samaritan fishing vessels are on scene assisting with the search.
Ray Dwyer, Coast Guard 17th District command duty officer for the case said “Going overboard without a life jacket greatly reduces the likelihood of survival, especially in cold water. But with the help of all the good Samaritan crews out there, we’re doing everything we can.”
Conditions in Nushagak Bay at the time the man entered the water included a water temperature of 52 degrees and an air temperature of 54 degrees.
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