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F/V Overturned, Father and Son Dead

A small privately owned fishing vessel overturned in Glacier Bay National Park, Monday May 30, about 10 miles from park headquarters, and officials dispatched large and small search vessels to the site after receiving word of the incident.

Four passengers made it to safety. Tom VandenBerg, who was aboard the vessel at the time of capsize, reported that a fellow passenger swam to a nearby island and flagged down a passing boat. He credited this effort as the sole reason that the four survived.

A father and son, identified as 75-year-old Larry Roger McWilliams and 48-year-old Gary Roger McWilliams, were pulled from the water by the crew of the tour vessel, Wilderness Discoverer, to perform CPR, but were unable to revive the two.

The four surviving passengers were treated for varying degrees of hypothermia, one of whom was flown by the Coast Guard to receive critical care in Juneau.

The cause of the vessel capsize remains unknown, as the weather was clear and calm at the time of the incident.

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