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Search continues for missing fishing vessel & crew in Southeast


March 11, 2006

The Coast Guard, with the assistance of the Civil Air Patrol and Good Samaritans are searching for the fishing vessel Slayer that issued a mayday call in Southeast Alaska Friday.

At 6:45 Friday morning personnel at the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Juneau heard a mayday call on channel 16 stating "Going down, two hands on board Point Gardner."

Point Gardner is at the southern tip of Admiralty Island.

The Coast Guard cutter Anacapa, based out of Petersburg, and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sitka began searching the Chatham Strait and Frederick Sound area.

Friday the fishing vessel Aleutian Dream recovered a life ring, deflated life raft and empty survival suit near the mouth of Frederick Sound about five miles south of Point Gardner.

The Aleutian Dream, a 58-foot fishing vessel from Juneau, is assisting Coast Guard rescuers with the search.

By Friday afternoon, the owner/operator Rick Nebert, 42, and crewman Matt Young, 18, were still missing.

The Coast Guard planned to continue searching in the Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait areas through Friday night and will conduct a first light search Saturday morning.

Weather conditions in the area Friday were reported to be 25 - 40 knot winds from the north and 10 - 12 foot seas.



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