USCG: Multi-National Search Effort Suspended After 5 Day Search


Pohnpei, FSM – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended a its search Saturday afternoon,  December 7, after a 5 day effort to find a Japanese man reported missing from the Japanese fishing vessel, Chokyu Maru 35 on December 3rd.

The missing crew member was is believed to have fallen overboard 407 nautical miles south of Pohnpei, FSM.  The report was relayed from the Japanese Coast Guard through the U.S. Coast Guard’s 14th District.

Multiple agencies from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Japan, and the U.S. were involved, but a search of a 2,234 square nautical mile area failed to locate the missing crew member.


Coast Sector Guam coordinated search efforts from two commercial vessels, fishing vessel CHOKYU MARU 2 and fishing vessel FUKU ICHI MARU 83, FSM patrol boat FSS PALIKIR, a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 aircraft operating in Guam, and a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 aircraft out of Barbers Point, HI.  10 surface and 6 air searches were also carried out during the multi-national response.