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Two missing from Skiff – Search Continues

Two men are reported overdue from a boating trip near Ketchikan Sunday in weather reported to be 17 to 23-mph winds and 4-foot seas.

Coast Guard Jayhawk and 45-foot Response Boat crews are conducting search patterns on the southern end of Gravina Island. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk crew located a 16-foot skiff belonging to the missing men capsized north of the intended route in Blank Inlet on Gravina Island at approximately 9:45 a.m. Sunday. The crew of the good Samaritan fishing vessel Storm Rage righted the skiff and is towing it back to Ketchikan.

Alaska State Troopers have activated the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to assist with shoreline searches. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple is expected to arrive on scene Monday morning.

The overdue report from the fiancée of one of the two boaters at approximately 4 a.m. The missing departed from Mountain Point at approximately 12 a.m. Sunday and were expected to arrive to Cowboys Camp on Annette Island within 30 minutes.

The saturating search area is about 200 miles encompassesing Nichols Passage and Tongass Narrows as well as the entrance to George and Carroll Inlets