The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for nine missing people who were involved in a floatplane crash on Sept. 4 off Seattle, Washington.
It said that Coast Guard members had covered some 1,283 linear nautical miles and saturated an area of more than 2,100 sq. nautical miles in search efforts.
"All next of kin have been notified of this decision. Our hearts go out to the families, loved ones and friends of those who remain missing and the deceased."
An unidentified female had been recovered by a good Samaritan on Sept. 4 after the crash was reported that day at around 3:11 p.m. local time, Scott Giard, the director of the U.S. Coast Guard's search and rescue for the Pacific Northwest, told a news conference.
The plane was operated by Friday Harbor Seaplanes for Northwest Seaplanes. The Northwest Seaplanes website says its sister company Friday Harbor Seaplanes operates daily flights to and from their Renton base and the San Juan Islands.
Coast Guard spokesperson William Colclough said the plane was leaving a tourist destination called Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands and was on the way to Renton Municipal Airport.
On its website as of Sept. 5, Northwest Seaplanes said it is a family business that "has logged over 24 years of accident and incident free flying."
On Facebook, Northwest Seaplanes said they were heartbroken.