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2 victims’ bodies recovered from capsized fishing boat off Kodiak

The bodies of two young fishermen who died when their boat capsized in Marmot Bay have been recovered, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers identified the victims in a Wednesday dispatch as Joshua and Abigail Osborne, 18 and 22, both from Wasilla.

The Osbornes went missing near Kodiak Island when the fishing boat they were working on capsized on June 29, the Coast Guard said. Another boat rescued two others who'd been aboard the Miss Destinee – the skipper and a crewmate.

[Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters near Kodiak with help of good Samaritan]

A responding Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter hoisted the surviving fishermen from the Miss Destinee. Kyle Mead, the skipper, told the rescuers a large wave caused his boat to overturn.

Troopers' account of the capsizing says the fishing boat was on its way to Kodiak when it was hit by a rogue wave on the port side, "causing it to lay over and eventually roll to the starboard side.

"The survivors were in the upper wheelhouse and were able to exit the vessel and cling to the skiff which had floated up off the deck of the boat."

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The Coast Guard took the lead on the effort to rescue Joshua and Abigail Osborne. The search was unsuccessful, however, and it was called off by Friday night.

[Coast Guard suspends search for 2 missing boaters near Kodiak]

On Independence Day, Kodiak-based troopers were told that a salvage company was able to right the Miss Destinee and began de-watering the boat, troopers said. The boat was towed to Kodiak harbor, where troopers, Kodiak City Fire and Coast Guard personnel retrieved the bodies of the Osbornes.

The State Medical Examiner Office requested the remains be sent to Anchorage for autopsies, troopers said.

According to a website including information about an upcoming celebration of life in Wasilla and how to make donations, Joshua and Abigail were the youngest members of the Osborne family. It says they just recently took jobs on the Miss Destinee.

"This has been an incredibly difficult road for the family and the amazing support of friends, loved ones, and even virtual strangers across the nation has truly been a source of comfort.  Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated," the family said.

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.

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