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espite two days of searching, there was still no sign Sunday night of the Bering Sea crab boat or its six crew members that went missing just off St. George Island Saturday.
According to reports Tuesday, the Coast Guard suspended its search for the crew of the 100-foot fishing vessel Destination, and Capt. Keith Colburn, one of the stars of the Discovery channel show, told Fox News he knows their chances of survival are slim.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the crew members aboard the F/V Destination and their families. https://t.co/qrGaAouYru
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The Coast Guard said the search was suspended Monday afternoon after covering approximately 5,730 square nautical miles to the off St. George Island, a small and remote island in the Bering Sea with a population of only about 100.
The Coast Guard said watchstanders from the 17th District received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert from F/V Destination early Saturday morning and deployed Kodiak aircrews to begin the search.
The aircrews located a debris field in the general area of the EPIRB alert, approximately two miles northwest of St. George. Debris included the transmitting EPIRB, a life ring from the vessel, buoys, tarps and an oil sheen, the Coast Guard said.
The search continued through Saturday, Sunday and into Monday, with a total of 21 coordinated searches totaling more than 69 aircraft and surface hours.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the six crewmembers during this extremely difficult time,” said Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, Coast Guard 17th District commander. “The decision to suspend a search is always difficult and is made with great care and consideration.”
The Coast Guard has not said what they believe happened to the ship.