Coast Guard searching for Alaskan in Clarence Strait

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard is searching for a 24-year-old male after his powered canoe was located by a good Samaritan 32 miles west of Wrangell in Clarence Strait at 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Witnesses reported Samuel Butler, a Coffman Cove resident, departed Coffman Cove at 3:30 a.m. not wearing a life jacket.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka was diverted from a patrol nearby at 11:47 a.m. and has searched the area throughout the day. The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty arrived on scene at 4:32 p.m. There are also 10 good Samaritan vessels in the area who are assisting with the search.

If you have information pertaining to or know where Butler is, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center at (907) 463-2980.

The Cutter Liberty is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Auke Bay.

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