KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is searching for three boaters reported overdue near Chenega Bay in Prince William Sound Sunday.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew has been dispatched from Air Station Kodiak to conduct a search of the boaters’ reported route. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders have issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of mariners in the area and are making hourly call outs over VHF-FM channel 16 and 10 for the boaters. Steps are being taken to launch a Coast Guard Station Valdez boatcrew and the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang.
Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report of the overdue boaters from the Alaska State Troopers Sunday. They had been notified by the Chenega Bay village public safety officer. Three adults departed Chenega Bay en route Shelter Bay near Evans Island in a 17-foot open skiff, Miller Time, to go fishing. They were expected to return to Chenega Bay by Saturday night.
“We recommend all boaters file a float plan with a friend or family before departing port to alert responders in the event they do not return on time,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Brady, an operational specialist and watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “The more information we have to establish the search area the better your chances are of being located quickly.”
Weather in the area of Chenega Bay is reportedly 23 mph winds with gust to 35 mph, 4-foot seas with snow and rain limiting visibility to about a quarter mile.
The Coast Guard asks anyone with information regarding the boaters or the Miller Time to please contact the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center at 907-271-6769.