The Coast Guard suspended their portion of the search for the deckhand who went overboard from F/V Swift in Excursion Inlet.
Alan Young, 25, of Chehalis, Washington fell or jumped from the vessel on Monday night near an area commonly known as ‘Home Shore’. Alaska State Troopers say Young was last seen entering the water and attempting to swim to the beach without a flotation device.
The vessel’s skipper, Tim Lane, 47, of Sitka, launched a dinghy and attempted a rescue. He also ended up in the water and floated for several hours with a personal flotation device. After he was rescued, he was eventually transported to Juneau for treatment of mild hypothermia.
The U.S.C.G Cutter Liberty, a 45-foot response boat, two H-60 helicopters, the Civil Air Patrol, and the National Park Service searched on Tuesday. Nothing was found, but a SEADOG team alerted on an area over the water.
Lt. Sarah Morin of the Coast Guard Command Center in Juneau says they searched for 43 asset hours in an area encompassing over 420 square miles.
Alaska State Troopers will continue with the effort on Wednesday with an underwater camera. They may also call in divers to the scene.
- Owners of the dilapidated Bergmann Hotel say they are selling their downtown properties. The historic hotel was shut down in March after being condemned by the city over safety hazards.
- The remains of Kyle Stevens, 31, have been found. Missing after taking off from Russian Mission last week, Stevens’ body was recovered Friday in the Yukon River near the village. The crashed plane was found days earlier.
- Tribal groups from opposite ends of the state have formed an alliance to fight mines they say threaten traditional fisheries.
- The deadline for bids and public comment on a proposed Haines-area timber sale has been extended. The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of old growth Sitka spruce and western hemlock on the Chilkat Peninsula.