David Slwooko, 41, and Debbie Kimoktoak, 48, went missing last week after leaving Koyuk in a 17-foot skiff. Along with two dogs, they were headed for the Unalakleet, but they never arrived. Their skiff was found upside down and beached about 13-miles southwest of Unalakleet.
Trooper Spokesperson Beth Ipsen says a passing pilot spotted Kimoktoak’s body Friday not far from where the boat and much of the debris drifted ashore. Ipsen says a state trooper searched the coastline for Slwooko in a helicopter over the weekend.
“Yesterday, there were about nine boats, aluminum skiffs that were out searching the shoreline,” said Ipsen. But she said that Troopers have since suspended their efforts in the search pending new leads.
The bodies of both dogs drifted ashore in the same area.
View Norton Sound boaters missing in a larger map
- Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's roll call vote -- a no -- was barely picked up by the microphone, but it was heard loud and clear across the Capitol.
- Haines is getting ready for a weekend full of music, food and Ferris wheels. The 49th annual Southeast Alaska State Fair takes place Thursday through Sunday.
- Republican senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with their party and opposed the Senate vote to move ahead on health care.
- A good Samaritan vessel and a Coast Guard aircrew rescued four fishermen Monday in Kodiak waters. The fishing vessel Grayling capsized in Kuprean of Strait near Raspberry Island, according to a Coast Guard news release, and the nearby Calista Marie came to their aid.