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Victims of Sitka charter boat capsize identified as local boat captain and visitors from Hawaii and California

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Alaska State Troopers have identified the five people on a fishing charter boat that capsized in rough weather in the sea off Sitka as four visitors from Hawaii and California, and a local boat operator.

One person’s body was recovered Sunday night. Troopers on Wednesday identified the person as Maury Agcaoili, 57, of Waipahu, Hawaii. Agcaoili’s body was found in the water near the boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended a search for the four other people missing from the boat on Monday night after covering about 825 square miles over 20 hours.

Still missing are:

• Danielle Agcaoili, 53, also of Waipahu, Hawaii.

• Robert Solis, 61, and Brandi Tyau, 56, both of Canoga Park, Calif.


• Boat operator Morgan Robidou, 32, of Sitka.

On Wednesday, efforts to recover the partially submerged boat were “ongoing,” troopers said in a statement. “Conditions on scene have been rough seas and strong wind.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Michelle Theriault Boots

Michelle Theriault Boots is a longtime reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. She focuses on in-depth stories about the intersection of public policy and Alaskans' lives. Before joining the ADN in 2012, she worked at daily newspapers up and down the West Coast and earned a master's degree from the University of Oregon.