Coast Guard Searching for Missing Alaskan Fisherman

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard is searching for the master of a fishing vessel reported overdue near Cordova Monday night.

The Coast Guard received a call at 9 p.m., from the brother of Steve Reutov who was expected to return to Cordova from fishing near Egg Island Monday afternoon.

At about 10:30 p.m., a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak based HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was diverted from a training flight to search for the fishing vessel Hero. The Dolphin located the 32-foot aluminum fishing vessel beached on the west side of Egg Island at 12:12 a.m. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer inspected the vessel, but found no one aboard.

The crew located a survival suit, life ring and a strobe light in the surf near the vessel before returning to Cordova early this morning.

At 7 a.m., an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak was launched to conduct a first light search of the island and the surrounding area. The Jayhawk is currently conducting its second search of the day since refueling in Cordova this morning. The search is focusing to the west of Egg Island. State Police dog teams will be conducting a search of the island.

Reutov was reportedly fishing at the entrance to the Egg Island Channel Monday and was last heard from at 1 p.m., by a nearby fishing vessel. The Hero reportedly departed from Cordova. Egg Island is located south of Cordova. The age and hometown of Reutov is unknown.

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