SEARCH FOR 64-YEAR-OLD MAN NEAR POW SUSPENDED
March 8, 2016
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The search for a 64-year-old man overdue from a fishing trip was suspended Saturday. James Gray departed Naukati on Wednesday intending to camp on Camp Island for one night. Friends found Gray’s skiff washed ashore on northern Heceta Island, between Port Alice and Camp Island. Gray's dog was found but Gray was not located.
"The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation," said Lt. Stacey Tate, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Juneau. "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man."
Alaska State Troopers were notified Thursday that Gray was overdue from a fishing trip and a search was launched that included members of the United States Coast Guard, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement.
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew were dispatched after a search of the island by Troopers, Forest Service personnel and two good Samaritans was unsuccessful.
The search was suspended on Saturday.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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Alaska Department of Public Safety
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