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Missing Former State Representative Found Alive


April 23, 2007

Former Alaska State Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, reported missing after a boating trip in Auke Bay yesterday, was found hypothermic but alive at 11:15 am Monday on East Coghlan Island by a member of the South East Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search (SEADOGS).

Weyhrauch was reported missing after a boating trip in Auke Bay Sunday evening. The Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, a rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka, a patrol boat from Station Juneau, and a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel searched the waters of Auke Bay for Weyhrauch throughout the night.

The vessel Navigator reported Weyhrauch's abandoned pleasure craft adrift approximately one mile southeast of the Auke Bay ferry terminal at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. The last known time and place Weyhrauch seen on Sunday was at approximately 5:00 p.m. after disembarking his son at the Weyhrauch's residence in Auke Bay. After disembarking his son, Weyhrauch proceeded toward Auke Bay Harbor for mooring.

Weyhrauch was taken to Bartlett Hospital via Coast Guard helicopter to the Juneau airport, where he was transferred to a waiting EMS.

According to information released by the Alaska State Troopers, Weyhrauch was treated for hypertherma and a bump on the head. Investigation revealed that while Weyhrauch was trolling, he slipped on some oil on the deck of the boat, hit his head on the center consul and went overboard. He spent approximately 1 hour in the water swimming to Coghlan Island. He crawled up the beach and into the woods where he spent the night trying to stay warm and was eventually located by the SEADOGS.


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