Coast Guard suspends search for hunter near Behm Canal, Alaska

By: jitterymoose , 1:19 AM GMT on September 26, 2013

Coast Guard suspends search for hunter near Behm Canal, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended the active search for the second of two hunters near Behm Canal Tuesday.

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, a Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life-Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan, the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur, good Samaritans aboard the motor vessel Wilderness Adventurer, Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Services and family members of the man conducted multiple searches totaling 73 hours and more than 514 square miles in the vicinity of Behm Canal from Sunday morning to Tuesday evening.

“Suspending a case is one of the hardest decisions that we as search and rescuers have to make and our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” said Cmdr. Marc Burd, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “We appreciate the support of our search and rescue partners. We would like to thank all the good Samaritans involved including the captain of the Wilderness Adventurer, who notified us of the emergency, assisted in the search and put out a fire aboard the Abundance.”

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka, rescued a survivor, suffering from severe hypothermia, from the shore near the mouth of Chickamin River off Behm Canal Sunday and flew them to Ketchikan for treatment. The man reported that he last saw his companion when he departed, with fresh game, in a seven-foot skiff to the fishing vessel Abundance.

Coast Guard watchstanders at the Sector Juneau command center received a call from the crew of the motor vessel Wilderness Adventurer on Sunday morning reporting they had found the 44-foot Abundance adrift with no one aboard in the vicinity of Saks Cove.

The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of mariners in the area to locate the hunters and directed the launch of the Jayhawk and MLB crews. The Wilderness Adventurer conducted a shoreline search of the Burroughs Bay and did not see any sign of the hunters. Searches continued through the night and into Tuesday by Coast Guard assets. On Tuesday Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Service members and their rescue dogs worked with Station Ketchikan to search cabins along Chikamin River.

The initial release can be viewed here.

For more information please contact Lt. Ryan Erickson at 907-957-0157.

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I hesitated to share this because I've lived in Craig only nearly 4 years. I know the family and I know this young man. I know folks at the Coast Guard over in Ketchikan. I've heard from some of them and, to a person, this situation is "killing" them. I only post this for this: prayers please for this wonderful, loving, outstanding family and prayers for their boy. I can't tell you how awesome all their sons are. We should all be so fortunate to have sons like theirs. My heart is breaking for them, and I know others' hearts are hurting for them, too. On Monday, I realized one of the worst things someone coming into the library could say is: "Did you know one of the fishing boys who comes in is missing?" Garrett. His name is Garrett... Yeah... prayers....

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7. sunlakedude
4:11 PM GMT on October 02, 2013
Now I know what that phrase in Ballad Of The Edmund Fitzgerald means: "Does anyone know where the love of God goes when the minutes turn into hours?"
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2:34 AM GMT on September 30, 2013
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5. palmettobug53
4:25 PM GMT on September 29, 2013
Am so sorry to hear about this tragedy. I know how close knit the communities are in that area and this is a sad thing for everyone.

My prayers to the family and friends.
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4. whitewabit
7:24 AM GMT on September 28, 2013
Sorry to hear the CC wasn't able to locate the other hunter !! I know it hurts to the man that they weren't able to .. worked with them some 40 years ago when I was stationed in Kenia, Ak in the USAF ..
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3. jitterymoose
3:28 AM GMT on September 28, 2013
SetonConstruction, I am so sorry. Garrett's mom worked p/t in the library before they opened the bakery (and I'm so happy that the bakery is doing so well, yet so bummed that she's no longer able to work at the library). I knew Garrett through the library and the harbor (Abundance and Colette are both in South Cove, and that's where our little sailboat is). I can't tell you how much I adore and respect and am in awe of this family. They're so close knit, so loving of one another... I've said that if my son grows up to be like one of the Hagen boys, I'll feel like I've done something right by him. I'm also sorry I'm in Nebraska at the moment and will miss the memorial. If you're there, please hug them and let them know we love them and are praying for them all.
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2. SetonConstruction
6:59 PM GMT on September 27, 2013
Garrett is my cousin. He is just a few years older than my daughter. I still can't believe it. They found his body, the memorial is this Saturday.
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1. calpoppy
2:05 AM GMT on September 26, 2013
So sorry to hear that!! My son is a coastie on Kodiak and he feels for every person he can't rescue!!!

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