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Coast Guard continuing search in SE waters
for fisherman, dog

 

January 23, 2004
Friday - 3:00 pm


Coast Guard air and sea rescue crews are scouring Southeast Alaska waters for a second day, searching for a 48-year-old Portland, Ore. fisherman and his dog after the man radioed a maritime distress call Thursday afternoon from his 32-foot boat.

The missing fisherman is identified as Greg Clark. Clark reportedly began residing in the Cape Pole, Edna Bay,  Alaska area. Also missing is Clark's black Labrador. Clark called for assistance aboard his salvage vessel (earlier reported as a fishing vessel), the Katrina Thursday afternoon near Cape Lynch, located on the western most point of Heceta Island, west of Prince of Wales Island.

Clark told a fisherman aboard the vessel Sea Otter that he experienced mechanical difficulties. Moments later, Clark radioed the Sea Otter's captain reporting that the Katrina struck rocks, and that he intended to abandon ship.

The unidentified skipper aboard Sea Otter reported the distress call to the Coast Guard.

"Anytime mariners feel they may be in a dangerous situation, we highly recommend they immediately contact the Coast Guard to make us aware of the problem regardless of how severe it may appear," said Cmdr. Mike Kendall, 17th Coast Guard District Chief of Search and Rescue.

The Coast Guard dispatched Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Sitka and the 110-foot Island Class Patrol boat the Liberty, based in Auke Bay, Alaska.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 2:15 p.m., and located a survival suit bag at 2:25.
At 3:42 p.m., the rescue air crew found a rolled up survival suit. They also located a life ring amidst a major debris field. At 4 p.m., in six foot seas with 15 knot winds, the rescuers located a 10-foot section of a boat's stern.

According to the news release, today's weather conditions are more favorable for the helicopter and boat crews to continue searching. Visibility improved, the winds are slower and wave heights have decreased.


Source of News Release:

United States Coast Guard
Web Site


 

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