Coast Guard continues search
for Coffman Cove resident
June 30, 2009
The Coast Guard is continuing its search for 24-year-old Samuel
Butler after his partially submerged powered canoe was located
by a good Samaritan in Clarence Strait at 10:15 a.m. Monday.
Butler's powered canoe was located by a good Samaritan 32 miles
west of Wrangell in Clarence Strait.
A good Samaritan on the vessel
Ruby Tuesday located the powered canoe in the water with debris
floating around it Monday morning. Witnesses reported Samuel
Butler, a Coffman Cove resident, departed Coffman Cove at 3:30
a.m. not wearing a life jacket. Rescue crews arrived on scene
at 11:20 a.m. Monday and searched until 11:32 p.m. The search
was resumed at 5:47 a.m. today and will continue throughout the
In this graphic, released
by the Coast Guard,
the search area is depicted on a chart of Clarence Strait.
The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty, a110-foot patrol boat homeported
in Auke Bay, an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter, Wrangell search
and rescue along with good Samaritans from Coffman Cove have
searched more than 285 combined square miles.
If you have information pertaining
to or know where Butler is, please contact the Coast Guard Sector
Juneau command center at (907) 463-2980.
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