The search for a fisherman reported missing early Wednesday morning after reportedly falling overboard about 16 miles out to sea has been suspended.
David Burns Morgan, 48, of Eureka fell overboard at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, reportedly after a rogue wave hit the trawler Stormbringer. The captain, Carroll Johnson, apparently threw a life ring to Morgan but the deckhand was unresponsive.
”They said they could see him under the surface for a little bit,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Russ Merrick.
The rogue wave apparently knocked out the Stormbringer's radio, and Johnson couldn't get cellular service, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. The boat motored into Humboldt Bay, and the Sheriff's Office said Johnson and the other deckhand Ryan Roe, of King Salmon, unloaded the fish on board.
The men told sheriff's deputies they then called 411 to get a number for the U.S. Coast Guard and reported the incident at about 2 a.m. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter to the site of the apparent accident, but failed to find any evidence of Morgan. The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday.
The news report did not mention, but it appears that the fisherman who fell overboard did not wear a life jacket. Another tragedy for the records.