Coast Guard suspends search for missing Humboldt Bay fishermen father and son | Lost Coast Outpost



PREVIOUSLY: Two fishermen missing in Humboldt Bay; The Coast Guard conducts searches overnight

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The Coast Guard said it has ended its search for Scott and Josh Arbaugh, a father and son who disappeared while fishing Tuesday night.

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The Coast Guard suspended its active search for two overdue boaters near Humboldt Bay on Wednesday evening.

Missing Scott Arbaugh, 68, and his son, Josh Arbaugh, 49.

Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews, Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 29-foot Response Boat-Small crews and Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan crews, with assistance from the County Sheriff’s Office of Humboldt, Eureka Police Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other good Samaritans searched. Cumulatively, crews searched 247 square miles for 54 hours with no sign of the missing men.

Shift officers at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay Command Center were notified at 8:48 p.m. Tuesday by the family of the missing men, reporting that the two had launched their 16-foot boat Tuesday morning from Fields Landing to test their engine.

Lookouts directed the launch of the helicopter crew from Humboldt Bay Air Station and the boat crew from Humboldt Bay Station at 8:50 p.m.

At 11:52 p.m. the helicopter crew located the missing boat, partially submerged about half a mile northeast of King Salmon with no sign of occupants.

Crews from the Coast Guard, Humboldt Bay Sheriff’s Office, Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt Bay Fire Department continued their search through Wednesday.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Brandon D. James