Coast Guard searches 1,600 square miles for missing National Park Rangers

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard has assisted the National Park Service and the Anchorage Rescue Coordination Center using both the HC-130 Hercules and the MH-60 Jayhawk to cover more than 1,600 square miles over the past two days in the search for a de Havilland Beaver airplane carrying four people including three Katmai National Park Rangers who were reported missing Saturday afternoon after their plane did not arrive in King Salmon as expected.

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew conducted a first light search between Swikshak Bay and King Salmon’s surrounding bays and valleys Tuesday searching more than 800 square miles in six hours.

The Coast Guard will continue to support the National Park Service and AKRCC with searches if requested.

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