November 05, 2004
According to information released by the USCG and the Alaska State Troopers, Forest Service fisheries biologist Ricardo Sainz of Ketchikan and two other USFS employees were rowing in a 14 foot skiff across Bakewell Lake. It was reported by the AST that all three jumped into the water when the skiff was overcome by a strong current created by the Bakewell Lake Creek drainage which leads to a 50 to 60 foot waterfall prior to spilling into the salt water. Sainz was swept away by the current.
Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Zephyr Mays, Air Station Sitka
Ketchikan's weather Thursday had an air temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit, five miles of visibility with misting rain and calm winds.
A United States Coast Guard 110 foot vessel along with a Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad 41 foot vessel will remain in the area overnight. The search is scheduled to continue at first light Friday. Next of kin have been notified.
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