Dozens more homes in Haines were evacuated Thursday night as rain continued to saturate the mountainsides near residential neighborhoods.
Four of the six people thought to be missing on Wednesday were accounted for Thursday morning. But Beach Road residents Jenae Larson and David Simmons have been missing since Wednesday afternoon’s mudslide.
Searchers will continue to look Thursday for two people still missing after a large landslide rumbled through a residential area on Beach Road residential area in Haines Wednesday afternoon, destroying at least four houses, Alaska State Troopers said.
Coast Guard pilot Justin Neal called it “absolutely the most challenging rescue that I’ve been able to prosecute.”
The F/V Scandies Rose sank last New Year’s Eve about 170 miles west of Kodiak Island while en route to fish for Pacific cod.
Quinhagak Tribal Police Chief John Peter said that if temperatures rise and the ice breaks, the search could resume. If not, they will wait until spring to look for the seven missing people.
The Coast Guard stopped searching for the overdue boaters on Oct. 27 after searching Nunivak Island and the western coast of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region for four days.
McCandless’s sister says the bus can be a powerful educational tool, including about the mistakes her brother made that led to his starvation in the wilderness.
Coast Guard investigators would appreciate anyone with information about the vessel or conditions around the time the ship was lost to come forward.
The Coast Guard credits LaDuke with making all the right moves after the Saami got into trouble.