Coast Guard suspends search for 2 missing men near Ketchikan, Alaska

Coast Guard Cutter MapleJUNEAU, Alaska —  The Coast Guard suspended the search for two men reported overdue from a boating trip near Ketchikan Monday.

Multiple crews from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, the Coast Guard Cutter Maple and Coast Guard Station Ketchikan searched approximately 800 miles for 42 hours to locate the two men.

Alaska State Troopers activated Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to assist the Coast Guard crews with searches along the shorelines of Blank Inlet and Annette Bay. Members of the Metlakatla Indian Community also searched using their emergency boat as well as ground crews around Cowboys Camp.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau received the overdue report from the fiancé of one of the two boaters at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday. The missing men departed from Mountain Point aboard a 16-foot skiff at approximately 12 a.m. Sunday and were expected to arrive to Cowboys Camp on Annette Islandwithin 30 minutes.

“We search for every person as if we are searching for one of our own,” said Capt. Shannan Greene, commander, Sector Juneau. “Several assets executed an exhaustive search effort in the face of adverse weather conditions over the past two days. Regrettably, we were unable to locate the missing men despite our steadfast efforts; our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those missing.”

Weather on scene Monday was 46-mph winds, 4 to 8-foot seas and 2 miles visibility.

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