1 dead, 4 missing after charter boat sinks in Sitka, Alaska
One person has been confirmed dead and four others are missing after a luxury charter fishing boat sank off the coast of Alaska on Sunday. The Coast Guard initiated a search for the missing group on Sunday evening, after receiving a call from Kingfisher Charters, a Sitka-based charter company, reporting that a boat carrying five individuals had not returned. On Monday, officials recovered the body of one man who was not wearing a life vest. The charter vessel had last been seen near Sitka on Sunday afternoon. The ship, which had four passengers and a master aboard, was discovered partially submerged near Low Island, east of Shoals Point, Kruzof Island. The search for the missing individuals was eventually suspended on Monday evening, after a 20-hour mission that covered approximately 825 square miles using helicopters and boats.
Despite our best efforts and those of several partner agencies, we were not able to find the four remaining individuals. Suspending a search is never an easy decision. We extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones during this difficult time. – Capt. Darwin Jensen, Captain of the Port Southeast Alaska.
The captain of the port further expressed his condolences, stating that the decision to suspend the search was not taken lightly. The Coast Guard worked together with several partner agencies and the crew of good Samaritan vessels in an effort to locate the missing individuals.
What happened to the luxury charter fishing boat off the coast of Alaska?
The boat sank, and one person has died while four others remain missing.
When did this incident occur?
The incident occurred on Sunday, and the search for the missing individuals was suspended on Monday evening.
Who initiated the search for the missing group?
The Coast Guard initiated the search for the missing group after receiving a call from Kingfisher Charters, a Sitka-based charter company, reporting that a boat carrying five individuals had not returned.
Were any of the individuals wearing life vests?
According to officials, one of the individuals who was found dead was not wearing a life vest.
What was the cause of the boat sinking?
The cause of the boat sinking is currently unknown.
Charter boat sinks in Sitka, Alaska resulting in 1 death and 4 individuals missing.
A luxury charter fishing boat sank off the coast of Alaska on Sunday resulting in the death of one man and the disappearance of four others. The US Coast Guard launched a search mission after receiving information that a boat with five people onboard had not returned. Kingfisher Charters, a Sitka-based fishing charter company reported the incident, and by Monday, officials recovered the body of one deceased man who was not wearing a life vest. The 30-foot aluminum charter boat was last seen near Sitka, an Alaskan city and borough near Juneau, the state capital, with four passengers and one master aboard the ship. The search for the four remaining individuals was suspended at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday after crews scoured approximately 825 square miles using helicopters and boats. The person who was found dead and the four missing individuals have not yet been publicly identified. Kingfisher Charters offers all-inclusive fishing packages as well as guided trips on 30-foot power boats that can carry up to six fishers, according to the company website. The Coast Guard expressed their sympathy to the loved ones of those who are missing and thanked the community partners and good Samaritans who responded rapidly to help in the search.