Coast Guard Helps Locate Missing 4 Year Old Near Seward

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Members of the Coast Guard Cutters Mustang, Alex Haley and SPAR assisted Alaska State Troopers and the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department in locating a missing 4 year-old boy near Bear Lake north of Seward Wednesday night.

The boy lives in the Bear Creek area about seven miles north of Seward. He was reported to have wandered off. The Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department was first to respond followed by the Alaska State Troopers.

“I got the call at about 1945 (7:45 p.m.),” said BM1 Jon Jones, the operations officer from the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang who is also a volunteer fire fighter. “He had already been missing for about five hours at that point.”

The boy was reportedly dressed in black sweatpants, a black sweatshirt and a green ball cap.

After about two hours of searching Jones, called the Mustang to rally additional searchers. “I sent my crew down and asked the captain’s of the Alex Haley and the SPAR, which are here for dry-dock, for more searchers,” said Lt. Jim Stoffer, the commanding officer Coast Guard Cutter Mustang.

“I had 11 more show up from the Mustang and more from the other cutters,” said Jones. “I was just about to take another all Coast Guard group out to conduct additional searches when we got the word he’d been found, alive.”

Jones was not sure who exactly located the youth. The boy was in good condition with no injuries. He has been returned to his family.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the incident.

The Coast Guard Cutter Mustang is a 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat permanently stationed in Seward. The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is a 282-foot Medium Endurance Cutter permanently stationed in Kodiak. The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR “The Aleutian Keeper” is a 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender also permanently stationed in Kodiak. The Alex Haley and SPAR are in Seward for dry-dock maintenance periods.

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