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Missing in Peril Strait – search continues

Multiple agencies are searching for a missing male, Sean Paffenbarger, in response to an emergency distress signal activated from an inReach device approximately 30 miles north of Sitka in Peril Strait, Sunday afternoon.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew, a Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Sitka boatcrew, and an Alaska State Troopers are searching the shoreline along Peril Strait. The Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick is also en route to begin searching. An emergency distress signal had been activated by a vessel in transit from Sitka to Saook Point.

After spotting a grounded 18-foot vessel located on Pogibshi Point matching the description of the vessel in distress, the helicopter crew deployed a rescue swimmer onto the beach while continuing aerial search patterns.