Coast Guard searching Knik Arm for missing Anchorage boater

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Downtown Anchorage, Alaska, viewed from a small boat in lower Knik Arm on May 29, 2014. Loren Holmes photo

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are searching Knik Arm for a hunter who left Anchorage bound for Point Mackenzie in a 10-foot skiff Saturday and never returned.  

George Green, 41, left Anchorage at noon Saturday in a beige fiberglass skiff he launched from the Port of Anchorage boat ramp, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Green was reported overdue after he didn’t return from his hunting trip by Saturday night.

The Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Fire Department searched by air, land and water for Green Sunday. 

The search includes a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Anchorage Fire Department boat crews and troopers searching the shoreline near Point Mackenzie.

As of Sunday evening, a Kodiak-based Coast Guard helicopter was scheduled to be relieved by a Cordova-based helicopter, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst. 

The helicopter will search until sundown, he said. Urgent marine information broadcasts will continue through the night. 

Conditions on the water were reported to be calm.

"We do have good weather for searching," he said. 

Anyone with information about Green’s whereabouts is asked to call the Coast Guard in Anchorage at 907-428-4100.