Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Fisherman Near Dutch Harbor

Mar 19, 2020

Coast Guard boat and aircrews searched a total of 63 square miles for Steven Mencer over approximately 7.4 hours.
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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing person believed to have fallen into the water near Dutch Harbor on Thursday.

 

Still missing is 33-year-old fisherman Steven Mencer, last seen wearing a neon green pullover rain jacket with orange and black pants.

 

Coast Guard boat and aircrews searched a total of 63 square miles for Mencer over approximately 7.4 hours.

 

"After an exhaustive effort today, we suspended our search for Mr. Mencer at 8:20 p.m.," said Lt. Danny Piazza, the 17th District command duty officer at the time of suspension. "Despite our best efforts, we were already at a disadvantage due to the water temperature and reports that Mr. Mencer was not wearing a PFD. Our thoughts are with Mr. Mencer's family and friends."

 

Mencer was reported missing at approximately 8:25 a.m. when he failed to report to crew check-in after the boat he worked on, the 164-foot fishing vessel Alaska Mist, moored at the Coastal Transportation Northern Dock in Dutch Harbor. Mencer was last seen at sea aboard the vessel approximately 45 minutes prior to being reported missing.