The crew of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch are mourning the loss of six veteran fishermen.
The fishing vessel Destination, which was not featured on the show, went missing early Saturday near St. George Island, off the western coast of Alaska. The Coast Guard received an emergency signal early Saturday morning and deployed air crews to start the search.
The aircrews located a life ring from the vessel, buoys, tarps and an oil sheen, but no sign of the boat.
The search continued through Saturday, Sunday and Monday until the Coast Guard suspended the search Monday afternoon.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the six crew members during this extremely difficult time,” said Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, Coast Guard 17th District commander. “The decision to suspend a search is always difficult and is made with great care and consideration.”
While Destination is not featured in Deadliest Catch, the cast and crew were close with those on board the missing vessel.
The show’s Twitter and Facebook accounts expressed their concern for the fishermen and their families, saying “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the crew members aboard the F/V Destination and their families.”
Captain Keith Colburn of the fishing vessel Wizard, which is featured on the show, expressed his condolences, along with series regular Captain Casey McManus.
“This is a devastating loss for all who knew and loved these men,” Colburn wrote on his Facebook page. “Please keep their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”