POSTED: 4:53 p.m. HST, Jan 10, 2012
The Coast Guard has suspended the search for an 18-year-old fishing boat crewman who fell overboard about 115 miles south of American Samoa on Sunday.
The mariner was aboard the U.S.-flagged fishing vessel Siva Moana when he fell overboard while recovering fishing gear, the Coast Guard said. He was not wearing a life jacket.
The Coast Guard's search area covered 2,890 square miles.
"The decision to suspend was not made easily," Lt. Cmdr. Michael Jackson, search and rescue mission control for Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu, said in a news release today. "We took into account the amount of time this individual was in the water, probability of survival, weather data and ultimately made the decision to suspend. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of this man during this difficult time."
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Barbers Point conducted the search.