Coast Guard, residents searching for Gustavus youth

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, the Civil Air Patrol, Glacier Bay Park Rangers and Gustavus residents are searching for a 16 year-old boy after his car was found abandoned in the water near a local pier in Gustavus Sunday.

The Coast Guard has diverted an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty from patrol to assist in the search. The helicopter was expected to be in the vicinity of Gustavus after about 3 p.m. The estimated time of arrival for the Liberty is 7 p.m.

Alaska State Troopers from Juneau departed to Gustavus around 3 p.m. The Civil Air Patrol is also launching from Juneau.

Controllers at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received a call from the troopers at about 1:47 p.m. requesting search assistance.

A Gustavus resident reportedly located a car known to belong to the youth in the waters of Icy Passage north of Icy Strait Sunday. The car appears to have been driven off the end of a local pier. The driver’s side door was ajar. The youth’s parents reported to Juneau State Troopers that they had not seen their son since Saturday night.

The Coast Guard helicopter is from Air Station Sitka. The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty is a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in Auke Bay near Juneau.

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