April 21, 2008 Coast Guard rescue crews suspended their search Sunday afternoon for a fisherman missing since last Tuesday.
The Coast Guard team spent five days conducting 21 searches spanning out more than 12,835 nautical square miles throughout the search area, a release from the U.S. Coast Guard issued Monday said.
Phillip Fredericks, 45, is still missing after he was expected to arrive at Vieques, Puerto Rico, Tuesday night after departing from St. John aboard the fishing vessel Don Chepo last Monday afternoon. (See "Coast Guard Hunts Missing St. John Fisherman.") The 27-foot Don Chepo is a fiberglass and wooden fishing vessel with a blue hull and is powered by two 200 horsepower Evinrude outboard engines
The rescue crews searched for Fredericks with HH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen, Coast Guard 33-foot response boats from Boat Station San Juan, a HU-25 Falcon Jet from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. an a HC-130 aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., a Coast Guard Auxiliary fixed-wing aircraft from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and a Coast Guard Auxiliary helicopter from St. Thomas.
"Our heartfelt condolences go to Mr. Fredricks' family and loved ones during this difficult time," said Capt. James E. Tunstall, commander, Sector San Juan. "Our rescue crews aggressively searched the area to find Fredericks, and at this time the search has been suspended pending further developments."
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