Coast Guard, partners searching for missing boaters in Southeast Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard and local search and rescue crews in Southeast Alaska are searching for two missing boaters who were reported overdue near Ketchikan Monday evening.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received an overdue report from a family member that Patricia Bishop and Ken Wright were overdue from a boating trip to the Unuk River north of Behm Canal.

The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 47-foot Motor Life Boat and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur crew from a patrol to aid in the search.

The cutter and lifeboat crews arrived on scene and began searching for the two missing people.

Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad & Alaska Department of Fish and Game personnel joined the search Tuesday morning with four vessels and one aircraft.

The Chandeleur is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Ketchikan.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bishop and Wright should contact Sector Juneau at 907-463-2980.

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