March 11, 2012 in City, News

Search for fishermen suspended

Coast Guard searched all night
Gene Johnson, AP

SEATTLE (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for four people missing from a fishing trawler off the Washington coast.

Petty Officer Shawn Eggert says crews in Coast Guard cutters and a helicopter covered more than 1,300 square miles since the 70-foot Lady Cecelia sent a distress signal early Saturday. He says they’ve now searched longer than anyone might have survived in the water.

Rescue crews searched through the night after finding debris, an empty lifeboat and an oil sheen several miles off the coast. The search was called off before midday Sunday.

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