Coast Guard searching for overdue boater near Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is searching for 57 year-old man who was reported overdue while making a transit from Haines to Juneau Wednesday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty, homeported in Juneau, as well as a 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Coast Guard Station Juneau and a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew are currently searching the vessel’s intended route.

Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report that the vessel did not make it to Juneau as was intended. Scott Pierce, a Haines resident, reportedly departed Haines Sunday morning alone aboard the white and teal trimmed 25-foot sailing vessel Darshan with the intention of arriving in Juneau Monday for the Juneau Folk Festival.

Sector Juneau watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of mariners in the area and directed the launch of Coast Guard assets.

“We are working closely with our units, maritime partners and good Samaritans in the region to search for this man,” said Lt. Ryan Erickson a search and rescue controller with Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “Anyone with information regarding the vessel is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center at 907-463-2980.”

The weather in the area is currently 11-mph winds, 2-foot seas and scattered snow showers throughout the area.

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