Update: Capsizing claims man and teenager

The capsizing skifff was near Pilot's Poin in Ugashik Bay.(Map courtesy Google Earth)

(Map courtesy Google Earth)

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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