Coast Guard seeks public help with information about sunken skiff

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard is requesting information from the public regarding a 12 to 16 foot white skiff, which was reported sinking in the Tongass Narrows at 10:50 a.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received notification from the crew of the State Ferry Lituya that they had witnessed the sinking of the skiff, but there were no signs of people in the water. A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 47-foot motor life boat rescue crew was immediately dispatched and an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was diverted to the area.

After conducting multiple searches of the area there have been no signs of distress, pollution or debris.

“We need the help of the residents of Ketchikan in providing further information about the sinking of this vessel,” said Chief Petty Officer Zachary Graham, Sector Juneau Command Center watchstander. “Right now we are still determining if someone needs our help or if this was an adrift vessel with no one aboard.”

The Coast Guard asks that anyone with information about a missing skiff or an overdue boater/hunter to contact the Sector Juneau Command Center at 1-907-463-2980.

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