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Ketchikan fisherman missing on POW


April 23, 2012

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - At approximately 1200 hours on 4/24/2011, searchers found David Ford in good health with minimal injuries. He was transported by Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center for evaluation.


Ketchikan dispatch received a 911 call reporting a missing person in the area of Salmon Bay Lake on the northeast corner of Prince of Wales Island around noon on Saturday. It was reported that Taquan Air had flown David Ford, 57, of Ketchikan to an area U.S. Forest Service public use cabin on Salmon Bay Lake for a solo fishing trip. When Taquan Air flew back to pick Ford up on Saturday, the pilot was unable to locate him in the area.

Klawock Search and Rescue was advised and sent a four member hasty team to the area. At approximately 6 pm, the hasty team located a small skiff with Ford's gear near the mouth of the creek, which drains into the ocean.

The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad joined the search Sunday and searched the area on foot and by air via Temsco helicopters. KVRS also searched the area using two canine Search & Rescue teams.

Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter with a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera to search.

According to information provided by the Alaska State Troopers, all efforts have been unable to locate any other signs of Ford.

The U.S. Forest Service sent seven people to the area to help the The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad with searching today (Monday).


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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Alaska Department of Public Safety


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