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Jul 3, 2017 5:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Coast Guard Suspends Search For Fisherman Who Fell Overboard

Jul 5, 2017 11:00 AM

UPDATE, 9 a.m. Wednesday

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the missing fisherman after determining the man could not still be alive and adrift in the waters off the South Fork.

Late Tuesday, a Coast Guard spokesman said that search commanders would be calculating the length of time a person could survive in the water, without a life preserver or insulated clothing, based on water temperature.

The search was called off about 8 p.m. Tuesday, some 28 hours after the man was believed to have fallen overboard while working aboard a commercial sea scallop boat.

UPDATE: 6:30 a.m. Tuesday

U.S. Coast Guard vessels and aircraft from around southern New England, and commercial fishing boats from local ports, continued to search a widening swath of the Atlantic off the South Fork for a missing fisherman at sunrise on Tuesday.

Two 47-foot motor lifeboats from the Coast Guard stations in Montauk and Hampton Bays, the 87-foot cutter Shrike from Bayonne, New Jersey, and Coast Guard aircraft from Cape Cod traversed the search area overnight Monday, but were unable to find any sign of the 55-year-old Massachusetts-based fisherman 13 hours after he was believed to have fallen overboard.

Two additional Coast Guard cutters were expected to arrive in the search area Tuesday morning and Coast Guard officials said that 10 commercial fishing vessels that were working in the area at the time were also participating in the coordinated search for the man, whom the Coast Guard has yet to identify by name.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier said the man was believed to have fallen off the New Bedford-based boat Miss Shauna sometime after 4 p.m. on Monday about 30 miles offshore of the South Fork. Other crew members reported him missing to the Coast Guard about 4:30 p.m. and estimated they had last seen him a half-hour earlier on the deck of the vessel. He was not believed to be wearing a lifejacket.

Coast Guard officials could not detail how large a search area was being scoured, but said it was expanding as time wore on. Seas in the search area were calm on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

A similar search was mounted in 2012 when Montauk fisherman John Aldridge fell off his boat some 40 miles offshore. He was found, clinging to a lobster buoy, by a Coast Guard helicopter 12 hours later. That search took place mostly during daytime.

The Miss Shauna is a 51-foot sea scallop harvester with a troubled history. The vessel had to be towed back into harbor at least three times with various mechanical issues, including after taking on water through a hole in her hull in 2015, according to the U.S. Maritime Safety Network.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m. Monday

In a press release, the Coast Guard identified the missing man as a 55-year-old crew member of the Miss Shauna, a fishing vessel that was 30 miles south of Montauk when a call came in to Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at 4:30 p.m. on Monday noting that he had not shown up for his watch and could not be located aboard the boat. He was last seen on the Miss Shauna at 4 p.m. on Monday, according to the release.

Coast Guard Station Montauk, Coast Guard Station Shinnecock, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and Coast Guard Cutter Shrike were involved in the search, and anyone with information was urged to call Sector Long Island Sound at 203-468-4401.

ORIGINAL STORY

The U.S. Coast Guard received a man overboard report from a fishing boat 24 miles south of East Hampton.

A USCG helicopter was dispatched from Cape Cod toward the scene to assist in a search according to officials at Coast Guard Station Montauk, but no further information about the boat, its home port or the person believed missing was available.

"We do have a report of a man overboard from a fishing vessel offshore," said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Matthew Hook. "But [the response] is just getting started. We're still in the very early stages."

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"In a press release, the Coast Guard has identified the missing man as a 55-year-old crew member of the Miss Shauna, a fishing vessel that was 30 miles south of Montauk when a call came in to Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at 4:30 p.m. on Monday noting that he had not shown up for his watch and could not be located aboard the boat."

27east, for reasons best known to them, have embargoed that name.



By Frank Wheeler (1815), Northampton on Jul 4, 17 1:36 AM
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Aren't you assuming that the CG gave the name to the Press? If not, there is no "embargo" of information here.

Perhaps the Coast Guard (or 27east) wants to verify the information, and contact the man's family, so that a false report is not published prematurely in the media about a mistaken identity, thereby causing MORE HARM due to impatience?

Doh!

By PBR (4930), Southampton on Jul 4, 17 5:08 AM
Yet they own and manage a media company and you wallow in utter anonymity. Huh
By SlimeAlive (1180), Southampton on Jul 4, 17 8:00 AM
I don't believe the CG gave out the name of the person as they were notifying family members. I have not seen the name released on any other outlet.
By Rich Morey (363), East Hampton on Jul 4, 17 4:58 PM
All I know is what the story I commented on said:

"In a press release, the Coast Guard has identified the missing man...."

It seemed odd that 27east would either omit that name or misrepresent what the press release stated.






By Frank Wheeler (1815), Northampton on Jul 5, 17 3:35 AM
Of course you just MISQUOTED the article, by leaving off the end of the sentence.

Look up "reading comprehension" in the dictionary?

The full sentence is:

"In a press release, the Coast Guard identified the missing man as a 55-year-old crew member of the Miss Shauna."

There is no name, and Rich is correct that the media is uniformly reporting that the name was NOT released.

If there is an omission in the article, it is a failure to report specifically ...more
By PBR (4930), Southampton on Jul 5, 17 6:40 AM
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Not sure what your problem is, PBR, and your need for misapplied condescension, but you might try some remedial reading yourself.

I refer to my initial comment which DID contain the fully quoted text, so not only are you being gratuitously unpleasant, but -- wait for it -- wrong!

Rabbit hole, indeed! Better stick with your cut & paste weather reports, sir.



By Frank Wheeler (1815), Northampton on Jul 6, 17 2:35 AM
Now now lets be respectful here please. A man is missing and a family is in pain right now, lets keep it peaceful an stick to whats really important here...A beautiful life that has been lost .

By toes in the water (861), southampton on Jul 6, 17 7:01 AM
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By em (51), sagaponack on Jul 6, 17 8:29 PM
Damn.
By Mr. Z (11420), North Sea on Jul 6, 17 8:44 PM
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