The US Coast Guard has suspended the search for survivors after a charter boat capsized off the Alaskan coast on Sunday, leaving one person dead and four others missing.
The search began after the Juneau Sector Coast Guard received a call Sunday night from Kingfisher Charters alerting them that a 30-foot charter boat with five people on board had not reached its destination, the agency said in a statement. . Press release.
The ship had last been seen underway on Sunday afternoon, he said.
Search teams found one person dead Sunday night before locating the boat, which was partially submerged off Low Island, about 10 miles west of Sitka, the agency said.
They continued to search for the four missing people Monday, but called off the operation at sunset, the Coast Guard said.
The people on the boat have not been publicly identified.
Kingfisher Charters did not immediately respond to an overnight request for comment.
Air and sea rescue teams searched 825 square miles over the course of more than 20 hours, the Coast Guard said. Several Good Samaritan ships also assisted in the search.
«Despite our best efforts and those of several partner agencies, we were unable to find the remaining four individuals,» said Darwin Jensen, Southeast Alaska Harbor Master.
«Suspending a search is never an easy decision. We extend our deepest condolences to loved ones during this difficult time,» he said.