Emmonak Search and Rescue said that the group was on its way back from a hunting trip, but stopped off at a fish camp when the ice buildup became too thick for them to boat back down. They have been stuck at the camp for five days.
The U.S. Coast Guard reports intermittent VHF outages on the emergency Channel 16 but says the situation has improved in the past two years.
Farnsworth is a 32-year-old Juneau man whose family reported him missing on Sept. 29. Family believe he is dead and are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who helps find his body.
Weather at the time included 40 mph winds gusting to 55 and 14-foot seas, with rain, snow and sleet squalls.
Troopers say it appears that 55-year-old David Dalton succumbed to the elements.
The Coast Guard said the biggest factor in the man’s survival was the radio beacon that sent his geolocation to the Coast Guard.
Authorities say they haven’t determined the cause, manner or approximate date of death. Perez would have turned 52 this past April.
Family, friends and law enforcement have been looking for Doug Farnsworth since he went missing on Sept. 29. His older sister, Kiersten Farnsworth said she and other family members believe he is dead.
A body was found in the woods across from the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal last week. The state medical examiner’s office confirmed on Tuesday that the man was Joseph Clayton.
There are two recent missing persons cases in Juneau. Officially, neither person has been found yet.