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Washington man missing from Norton Sound tugboat

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- The Coast Guard suspended the search Friday night for a crewman from Washington who apparently fell overboard from a tugboat in Norton Sound sometime Friday morning.

A Coast Guard C-130 airplane and crew from Kodiak and an Army National Guard helicopter crew from Nome searched for the missing man. The tugboat crew also searched along its previous course. Searchers found no sign of the missing man.

Officials said the man, who is from eastern Washington, had been aboard the Diane H tugboat a few days.

The tugboat was on its way from Nome to St. Michael on the southeast corner of Norton Sound.

The man was last seen between 6 and 7 a.m. when the tug was about 30 miles from St. Michael. At about 11:30 a.m. the tugboat crew became aware that the man was no longer on board.

The Coast Guard received a distress call from the skipper of the tug at 11:51 a.m.

The man's name will not be released until relatives are notified.

The Coast Guard said winds were blowing at 30 mph and the tug was in 8-foot seas when the man was reported missing.



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