Coast Guard suspends search off California coast for missing man after rescuing 3 from capsized boat

The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing man early Sunday after rescuing three others from a capsized fishing boat off the northern California coast.

The 54-foot commercial vessel, named Miss Hailee, capsized Saturday about 30 miles northwest of Bodega Bay, the agency said Sunday in a statement. The boat sent a distress call around 5:30 p.m. but never responded to the Coast Guard's multiple callouts.

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An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and boat crews were dispatched to the scene, the Coast Guard said. When the helicopter arrived at around 6:50 p.m., rescuers said they found two men and a woman in the water and hoisted them aboard the aircraft.

The Coast Guard released video showing the rescue of one of the crewmembers from the choppy waters. A rescuer descended into the water from the helicopter and swam to the man. He then dragged the man to a basket that had been lowered so he could be pulled up to the helicopter.

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Crews were then alerted that a fourth crew member was missing. The Coast Guard said rescuers were told the missing man was wearing a life jacket.

The rescue team searched through the night for the missing crewmember, covering approximately 368 square miles over 16 hours before suspending the search.

“The decision to suspend a search is extremely difficult and our thoughts are with the missing man and his family at this time,” said Capt. Marie Byrd, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander.

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Good Samaritans aboard a tug boat, the Coast Guard Air Station’s C-27 Spartan crew and a Motor Lifeboat crew continued to search for the man, the agency said.

Neither the identity of the missing man nor those who were rescued have been released to the public.