search for missing Angoon man suspended
January 03, 2006
The body of Aaron Hope, 22, of Ketchikan, was found in Whiskey Cove at 8 a.m. Monday by a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan. Hope left Pennock Island between 11:30 pm Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday morning headed for Bar Harbor. His 14-foot skiff was discovered on the beach in Whiskey Cove noon Sunday.
The Alaska State Troopers' investigation into the incident revealed the boat had been operated on December 31st by Hope to travel from Ketchikan to a New Years Eve party on Pennock Island. Hope left the party enroute to Ketchikan during inclement weather. On Monday morning at approximately 7:52 am, after search efforts by USCG and AST on Sunday and Monday, Hope was located deceased, on the shore near the Whiskey Cove area on Pennock Island. The AST investigation is continuing and Hope's next of kin have been notified.
The Coast Guard has also suspended its search for Kevin O'Brian, 36, of Angoon. A Coast Guard helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka searched the area Monday morning with no sightings. Members of the Sitka Fire Department dive team plan to continue searching the area near the seaplane dock today. O'Brian 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.
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