September 16, 2004
The recreational boater, who contacted the Coast Guard, said the person appeared to be a man wearing a black wet suit and waving his arms in the water near Rock Point. He disappeared from view shortly after. The reporting source, about 50 feet from the man at the time, searched the area thoroughly before notifying Station Ketchikan, who immediately launched a 47-foot motor life boat and rescue crew to begin the search.
The Coast Guard cutter Naushon crew, conducting nearby cruise ship escorts, a Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Service helicopter crew, and a Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka sped to the scene to assist.
The cutter Naushon remains on scene to coordinate the search efforts.
Ketchikan Public Radio Station KRBD made a broadcast at 9 p.m. Wednesday asking for anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Coast Guard Station Ketchikan.
A first light search by the
Coast Guard will continue at 6 a.m. Thursday.
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