Coast Guard searching for overdue sailboat in Prince William Sound

KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard is searching for the 36-foot sailing vessel Eagle Borne in the northern Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound May 20, 2011. This is a photo of the vessel provided by the family. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Heins family.

Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Heins family.

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew is currently conducting a search in the vicinity between Prince William Sound and Yakutat for the overdue 36-foot blue-hulled wooden sailing vessel Eagle Borne Friday.

The Coast Guard was notified by a concerned relative at 11 a.m. that Grady, 24, and Spencer Heins, 20, had not pulled into Yakutat or Cordova according to their intended float plan. The reporting source indicated the Heins brothers may have been delayed due to bad weather in the area of Cordova or Yakutat. The float plan had them traveling from Seward to Juneau with stops along the way. The float plan had them arriving in Wednesday.

The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine information broadcast asking mariners in area to be vigilant and report any information about the Eagle Borne to the Coast Guard at 907-463-2001 or via VHF-FM channel 16.

The current weather in the area is reportedly winds of 34 mph and eight to 12-foot seas.

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