Coast Guard searching for missing mariner near Yakobi Island, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater in the vicinity of Surge Bay near Yakobi Island, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a report that the boater, Gus McConnell, was following a larger boat to Hoonah in a 16-foot white and blue skiff when the operator of the larger vessel lost sight of the skiff. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to conduct a search of the surrounding area.

The reporting source informed the Coast Guard that McConnell, 21, is unfamiliar with the territory and was last seen wearing blue jeans, boots and an Oregon sweatshirt.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the missing boater should contact Coast Guard Sector Juneau at (907) 463-2990.

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