January 02, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - Searches continued Sunday for two separate missing boaters according to the United States Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers.
A 22 year-old male resident of Ketchikan left Pennock Island between 12 and 1 a.m. Sunday morning headed for Bar Harbor. His 14-foot skiff was discovered on the beach in Whiskey Cove noon Sunday. A 47-foot motor life boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan conducted a search of the area. The identity of the missing man was not released.
In an unrelated but similar incident, a man who departed Killisnoo for Angoon in an 18-foot skiff was reported missing to the Coast Guard by Angoon Search and Rescue at 6:18 p.m. Sunday. His boat was found beached near the seaplane dock in Angoon.
Alaska State Troopers also received a report of the search and rescue in Angoon. Their investigation revealed that on January 01, at approximately 5:20 pm, Kevin Obrien, age 36 of Angoon, fell out of his 18 ft skiff adjacent the Angoon boat harbor. Obrien was in the process of bringing his skiff from the ferry terminal in Angoon to the boat harbor when he fell overboard.
Angoon Search and Rescue currently has 3 boats and 22 searchers conducting a search of the area adjacent the Angoon boat harbor. An HH-60 helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Sitka, originally enroute to Ketchikan, was diverted to assist crews from Angoon search and rescue.
A first-light search is planned for Monday morning.
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