Coast Guard searching for three men overdue near Whittier, Alaska

Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is searching for three people overdue in the vicinity of Whittier, Alaska, Saturday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Valdez boatcrew are currently on scene searching.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received initial notification Friday night from a relative that three men were overdue after going on a trip from Montague Island to Whittier aboard their 20-foot Duckworth Jet Boat. Last contact was at approximately 4:00 p.m., Friday, when they called family reporting they were experiencing engine issues and intended to transit in on their kicker engine.

“We continue to search for the missing and ask anyone in the area to keep a vigilant eye and render assistance if able,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Helmbrecht, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstander. “We have Coast Guard assets searching diligently in hopes to get these men back home to their families.”

Weather on scene consists of two-mph winds and two-foot seas with a water temperature of 44 degrees.

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