Coast Guard suspends search near Lituya Bay, Alaska

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U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska
Contact: 17th District Public Affairs
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Coast Guard suspends search near Lituya Bay, Alaska


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended it’s search Sunday for potential survivors of a helicopter crash near Lituya Bay, Alaska.

The search was suspended at approximately 1230 p.m.

The Coast Guard, Alaska Air National Guard, Southeast Alaska Dogs for Ground Search and Civil Air Patrol searched a total of 788 square miles over a period of more than 36 hours.

"After maximizing search efforts with air, surface and shoreside assets we suspended the search today," said Capt. Darran J. McLenon, chief of response for the 17th Coast Guard District. "One survivor is with his family and continues to be evaluated at a hospital in Anchorage. The Coast Guard prays for his full recovery and grieves with the family and friends of the crash victims."

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