“It is always difficult when it comes time to make a decision to stop searching,” Capt. Daniel Broadhurst, incident management branch chief for the 13th Coast Guard District, said in the release. “The hearts of all the first responders go out to those who lost a family member, a loved one, or a friend in the crash.”
Mutiny Bay is just west of Whidbey Island and about an hour north of Seattle.
The Coast Guard dispatched rescue helicopters, boats and aircraft to conduct its search. First responders from South Whidbey Fire, the Island County Sheriff’s Office and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office were also on scene, the USCG release said.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the crash, according to the USCG.