Search called off for man who jumps off Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man who went overboard from a ferry near Whidbey Island.

COUPEVILLE — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man who went overboard on the MV Kennewick near Whidbey Island Thursday night.

Security tapes showed a man going overboard the ferry at 9:22 p.m., eight minutes after departure from Whidbey Island.

Officials believe the man is an 81-year-old from Poulsbo whose name hasn’t yet been released. He was last seen wearing a t-shirt and light pants.

Coast Guard air and boat crews and local agencies searched the area near Whidbey Island for about 12 hours, covering a 300-mile radius.

When the ferry debarked in Port Townsend, security found a vehicle abandoned aboard the ferry with a man’s wallet and a suicide note inside, according to the Coast Guard.

Assisting in the search were Coast Guard Cutter Osprey crewmembers, a Coast Guard Station Port Angeles boat crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles air crew, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island personal and a crew with East Jefferson Fire Rescue.

Anyone with information on the person in the water is requested to contact Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at 206-217-6001.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5550, or at [email protected].

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