Search continues for overdue skiff carrying 3 near Ketchikan

August 16, 2009 

An air and sea search continued Sunday night for a skiff with three people aboard that is overdue in Ketchikan, the Coast Guard said.

Aboard are Klyn Kloxin, 50, and Tracy Harrel, 46, both of Ketchikan, and a 12-year-old child from Idaho. The three left Ketchikan around 8 a.m. Saturday on a halibut fishing trip to waters near Bold Island and Twin Islands, the Coast Guard said. They were expected to return by dark Saturday night, but did not.

A rescue boat searched through Saturday night and two Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter resumed the effort Sunday morning, along with several Good Samaritan boats.

By Sunday evening, the Ketchikan Rescue Volunteer Service and family members of the missing people had joined the search, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

Scott Giard, a civilian command center controller with the Coast Guard, said the open skiff was last seen about 5 p.m. Saturday near the entrance to Behm Canal, about 5 miles from Ketchikan. It was apparently heading away from the city, he said.

Hengen said the search had shifted into that the canal area. Weather was cloudy with some rain, with temperatures in the 60s, she said, with a similar forecast for today.

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