- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man and a boy missing on a boating trip out of the Bering Strait village of Wales.

The 23-year-old man and 14-year-old boy launched a wooden rowboat at 2 a.m. Sunday. They were not wearing life jackets.

A half hour later, village residents heard the boaters calling for help.

A village volunteer search-and-rescue group searched the shoreline but did not find the boaters.

Coast Guard air crews from Kodiak and the crew of the Sikuliaq (sih-KOO-lee-ak), a University of Alaska research vessel, joined the search.

The Coast Guard says its crews covered more than 2,300 square miles.

Wales, with a population of 167, is 111 miles (179 kilometers) northwest of Nome.

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