October 26, 2009
Photograph courtesy USCG
Coast Guard Air Station Sitka crews conducted four searches using MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon, a 110-foot patrol boat from Ketchikan, has been in the area searching since Saturday. The fishing vessel Brant who found the Miss Dee Dee provided assistance with conducting land and water searches.
The crew of the Brant reported during their initial search that the life raft was still onboard the Miss Dee Dee and that there were no signs of missing life saving equipment.
Alaska State Troopers boarded the Miss Dee Dee in an effort to better understand the circumstances that led to Michael Diverty's going overboard. Sitka Mountain Rescue also sent a team with a search dog to provide a shoreline search looking for any indication that Diverty had made it ashore.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center was notified of Diverty's disappearance at approximately 7:06 p.m. Friday and immediately launched a rescue helicopter to search the area. Diverty was last seen leaving Sitka around noon Friday by the crew of the Brant and is believed to have fallen off his vessel sometime during the day north of Sitka.
The Coast Guard has been in communication with Diverty's family. His son has taken possession of the Miss Dee Dee and is taking the boat back to Sitka.
Weather conditions in Fish
Bay during the search were scattered showers with light winds
and calm seas. The water temperature is approximately 50
degrees. The grounding caused no reported pollution or impact
to the area.
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