Updated | June 25, 2014 – 5:09 p.m.
Alaska State Troopers have found the body of a teenage fisherman who went missing after a commercial skiff overturned near Pilot Point. Another fisherman also died.
Troopers say the body of 17-year-old Casey Burt was found Tuesday evening during a low tide of the Ugashik River.
Burt had been missing since the skiff overturned Sunday. The body of another fisherman, 38-year-old Charles Anthony Voss of Sterling, was found upriver.
The two were among four people in the boat when the craft overturned in 25 mph winds and 4-foot waves. None was wearing a personal flotation device.
Troopers say 47-year-old Earnest Pierce of 9 Mile Falls, Washington, and 24-year-old and Brandon Michael Park of West Richland, Washington, climbed on the overturned skiff and were rescued by other fishing boats.
Original Post | June 25, 2014 – 6 a.m.
One person is reported dead and another is still missing after a skiff overturned near Pilot Point in Ugashik Bay on Sunday. Two other people were rescued.
It’s uncertain why the 26-foot skiff went over. The Coast Guard reported 3-foot seas and 25-knot winds in the area.
An unidentified adult man and a 17-year-old boy tried to swim to shore. The adult was found in the water unresponsive and could not be resuscitated. The teenager is still missing.
Alaska State Troopers say 47-year-old Earnest Pierce of 9 Mile Falls, Washington, and 24-year-old Brandon Michael Park of West Richland, Washington, climbed on the overturned skiff and were rescued by other fishing boats.
A Coast Guard H-60 helicopter and an Alaska State Trooper helicopter were dispatched to look in the area.
The Coast Guard said they suspended their search on Sunday night.
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