According to a Coast Guard press release, their search and rescue crews suspended the search for 59-year-old Tom John on Tuesday night. Petty Officer 1st Class Trevor Frommherz said, “Coast Guard search and rescue crews covered more than 9,400 square nautical miles.”
The barge, known as The Eddie, was dislodged by a surge of waves, started free floating and ran aground, which also caused the vessel to lose its excavator.
In addition to a broad complement of de-icing equipment, the Jayhawks have two winches on board: one for lifting people up to 600 pounds and another for taking sling loads up to 6,000 pounds. Pulling even more weight during the flight are computers and search equipment.
70-year-old Michael Fay of Springfield, MO, is reported to have hurt his back while operating his all-terrain vehicle an estimated 55 miles northeast of Nome.
Tuesday was the ninth and final day of the organized search, but his friends and family say they’ll never stop searching for Joseph Balderas.
Troopers report that search efforts for Joseph Balderas will continue without the use of a chartered helicopter.
A Norwegian tanker carrying over 14 million gallons of fuel ran aground near Nunivak Island last week.
Some worry the Arctic could serve as the next stage for international conflict, but coast guards across the region are busy laying the groundwork for cooperation.
Nome’s harbor will host the U.S. Coast Guard, fiber optic cable vessels, and a steady stream of cruise ship passengers this summer.
The Port of Nome only has $32,000 to keep itself afloat, and commissioners are concerned about an unexpected emergency.