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Coast Guard searches for 3 men overdue in small boat near Whittier

  • Author: Lisa Demer
  • Updated: December 30, 2017
  • Published December 30, 2017

The Coast Guard on Saturday was searching for three men overdue in a small boat from Montague Island to Whittier.

A relative contacted the Coast Guard on Friday night to report the men overdue. They were traveling in a 20-foot Duckworth jet boat and called family around 4 p.m. Friday to report engine issues. They were going to try to make it to Whittier using their auxiliary motor.

The Coast Guard said it sent a helicopter from Kodiak and a boat from Valdez to look for the men. The air search was going to continue into the night, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, based in Juneau.

Montague Island is in the Gulf of Alaska at the entry to Prince William Sound.

The Coast Guard is asking others in the area to keep an eye out for the missing travelers.

The agency reported 2 mph winds and 2-foot seas Saturday. The National Weather Service said a snowstorm may move across the eastern part of the gulf Sunday night and into Monday.

Whittier police on Saturday checked the boat harbor and found the vehicle and empty boat trailer the men left behind, Rios said. That confirms they haven't made it back.

Hunting grounds nearby that they were familiar with also were checked, but the men weren't there either, Rios said.

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