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U.S. COAST GUARD

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man who reportedly fell overboard from an oil tanker traveling past the Aleutian Islands.

Air crews spent 14 hours searching for the 22-year-old mariner, who went missing from the M/V Challenge Prelude on Sunday afternoon.

"Due to the length of time, and with the extreme environment, the District 17 Command Center made the call to suspend the search," said Petty Officer Lauren Dean.

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About 24 hours after he went missing from an oil tanker, the U.S. Coast Guard is deciding whether to continue its search for a man who reportedly fell overboard in Aleutian waters.

The master of the M/V Challenge Prelude noticed the 22-year-old mariner was missing Sunday afternoon when the vessel was 110 miles south of Sand Point.

The tanker turned around to search for the man, while Air Station Kodiak sent two aircrews to assist.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued another injured mariner, marking the seventh medevac of the winter fishing session.

Officials say the F/V Golden Alaska was fishing 60 miles northeast of Cold Bay on Tuesday, when a fisherman reported suffering from stroke symptoms.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was sent to hoist the 44-year-old man from the vessel, before he was transported to Cold Bay and then Anchorage for emergency medical care.

The Coast Guard also staged a rescue in King Cove on Tuesday, after a 58-year-old man fell off a ladder and injured his spine.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured mariner Friday after he was found unconscious in a vessel’s freezer.

Officials say the F/V Island Enterprise was fishing 60 miles northeast of Cold Bay when crew members discovered the 57-year-old man.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was sent to hoist him from the vessel, before he was transported to Cold Bay and then Anchorage for emergency medical care.

The rescue marks the sixth medevac of the winter fishing season.

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The City of Unalaska will pay $36,000 to help sink a boat that’s already on the ocean floor.

The state scuttled the F/V Akutan last month with help from the U.S. Coast Guard, but they moved forward before collecting funds from the city. That’s left councilors debating whether they should chip in at all. The final vote was almost unanimous.

Councilor James Fitch was all for it.

“We are obligated to pay this because the job has already been done,” Fitch said.

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