Norton Sound boaters still missing

The search has been suspended for two boaters reported overdue in Norton Sound.

The Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers were involved in the aerial search for 41-year-old David Slwooko and 48-year-old Debra Kimoktoak.

Troopers say the Unalakleet couple was to travel Monday from Koyuk to Unalakleet in a 17-foot boat, but never arrived in Unalakleet that evening as expected. Troopers say the pair had two dogs with them and enough food to last at least a day.

Troopers launched a search after the two were reported overdue Tuesday, but they say extremely low water and high winds hampered the search. The search continued yesterday with C-130 aircraft, H-60 helicopter, and the cutter Bertholf.

After seven different searches, the Coast Guard says the effort was suspended last night before 10 o’clock.

The Coast Guard says the skiff was found yesterday south of Egg Island, about 30 miles southwest of Unalakleet. It was beached and overturned, but no sign of the couple or the two dogs with them.


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