- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard late Saturday says it has ended its search for a 64-year-old man near Prince of Wales Island.

The Juneau Empire newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1RNUmLN ) that on Friday, Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a request for help from Alaska State Troopers after the man’s skiff was found washed ashore on northern Heceta Island.

The Empire reports that the man left the town of Naukati on Wednesday intending to stay on Camp Island for one night. The Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur crew and the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew were dispatched Friday after a search of the island by the troopers was unsuccessful.

On Saturday night, the Coast Guard issued a statement saying that the search has been suspended.

“The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation,” said Lt. Stacey Tate, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Juneau. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man.”

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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