Search for Bella Coola fisherman suspended

The search for a fisherman who went missing near Bella Coola last Friday has been suspended.

The search for a fisherman who went missing near Bella Coola last Friday has been suspended.

RCMP conducted a three-day search for the 35-year-old local man after he was reported missing at 6:40 p.m. on May 15.

He was last seen cleaning the deck of his commercial fishing boat at 5:30 p.m. but nobody noticed he was missing until 6 p.m.

Crew members immediately conducted a search of that area in the last half hour before contacting police.

The RCMP and Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC/Coast Guard) dispatched a search team including Search and Rescue (SAR), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard.

SAR helicopters and fixed wing aircraft also searched from the air but an RCMP statement said the search was suspended at 12:30 p.m. Monday after three days with “negative results”

The RCMP says the case remains a missing person investigation with local RCMP and no foul play was suspected.