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Coast Guard suspends search for Sitka Fisherman


October 26, 2009

The Coast Guard suspended its search at 1:44 p.m. Sunday for missing Sitka fisherman Michael Diverty who was presumed to have fallen overboard from his 32-foot fishing vessel the Miss Dee Dee. The fishing vessel was discovered grounded with the engines still running about 20 miles north of Sitka in Fish Bay Friday.

jpg The Miss Dee Dee was discovered grounded with the engines still running Friday.

The Miss Dee Dee was discovered grounded with the engines still running Friday.
Photograph courtesy USCG

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka crews conducted four searches using MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon, a 110-foot patrol boat from Ketchikan, has been in the area searching since Saturday.  The fishing vessel Brant who found the Miss Dee Dee provided assistance with conducting land and water searches.

The crew of the Brant reported during their initial search that the life raft was still onboard the Miss Dee Dee and that there were no signs of missing life saving equipment.

Alaska State Troopers boarded the Miss Dee Dee in an effort to better understand the circumstances that led to Michael Diverty's going overboard.  Sitka Mountain Rescue also sent a team with a search dog to provide a shoreline search looking for any indication that Diverty had made it ashore.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center was notified of Diverty's disappearance at approximately 7:06 p.m. Friday and immediately launched a rescue helicopter to search the area.  Diverty was last seen leaving Sitka around noon Friday by the crew of the Brant and is believed to have fallen off his vessel sometime during the day north of Sitka.

The Coast Guard has been in communication with Diverty's family. His son has taken possession of the Miss Dee Dee and is taking the boat back to Sitka. 

Weather conditions in Fish Bay during the search were scattered showers with light winds and calm seas.  The water temperature is approximately 50 degrees. The grounding caused no reported pollution or impact to the area.


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