Posted: 5/29/2023 11:23:27 PM EST
Prayers to to the families and missing.
The Coast Guard launched a search Sunday after five people on a chartered boat went overboard in the water off of Alaska, officials said.
One person's body was recovered, while authorities on Monday said the search was ongoing for the four others. The missing people were last seen near Sitka, a city near Juneau on Sunday afternoon.
"There are currently so many unknowns, we are thankful for the coordination efforts from several municipal agencies including the Sitka Fire Department and Good Samaritan vessels on scene," Command Duty Officer Lt. Trevor Layman said. "We're working quickly to locate the unaccounted-for individuals."
The Coast Guard began its search after a call from Kingfisher Charters about an overdue charter vessel, officials said. The boat was found partially submerged near Low Island.
Coast Guard suspends search for remaining victims of charter boat accident near Sitka
Update – 10:30 a.m. 5-30-23:
A search for four missing people in the water near Sitka has been suspended (5-29-23).
According to a Coast Guard press release issued Tuesday morning, the search for the missing boaters was called off at 9:30 Monday evening.
“Despite our best efforts and those of several partner agencies, we were not able to find the four remaining individuals, ” said Capt. Darwin Jensen in a statement. “Suspending a search is never an easy decision. We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones during this difficult time. Our sincere thanks to community partners and the good Samaritan vessels who rapidly responded to help in the search.”
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