Search underway for missing Bristol Bay crewman in Ugashik

Jul 27, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard air assets, state troopers, Pilot Point VPSO and volunteers, and good Samaritans searched all night for a crewman from the F/V Lady Colleen who went overboard around midnight Thursday.

Drift boats fishing near the north line of the Ugashik District, July 2016.
Credit KDLG

This is a developing story and will be updated.

KDLG: As of noon Thursday, a fisherman is still missing after going overboard in Ugashik Bay around midnight.

Coast Guard air assets were on the tarmac in Dillingham to refuel and to wait for fog around Ugashik Bay to lift.

Petty Officer Bill Colclough says the vessel Lady Colleen reported just after 12:00 a.m. Thursday that a crewman had just gone overboard.

"The person was observed falling into the water wearing dark green rain bibs, with no personal floatation device, and could not swim," he said. "The crew reported they were unable to get the person before being observed going underneath the water and not resurfacing.”

The Coast Guard issued an urgent broadcast to other vessels in the area, and launched two air crews from Air Station Kodiak. The Pilot Point VPSO, volunteers, and state troopers joined in the effort through the night, so far with no success.

The air assets waived off mid-morning due to weather and to refuel at the Dillingham Airport.

"They had to pause the search due to low visibility conditions. As soon as weather conditions allow us to resume the search, the MH-60 Jayhawk crew will continue the search for the missing person from the fishing vessel Lady Colleen," Colclough said.

Ugashik is the furthest south of Bristol Bay's fishing districts, located near the villages of Pilot Point and Ugashik.

Reach the author at dave@kdlg.org or 907-842-5281.

Ugashik Bay photographed from Pilot Point, July 2016.
Credit KDLG