Search continues for missing boaters

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2008

JUNEAU - A search for two men who went missing while traveling from Juneau to Ketchikan continued Sunday with air and ocean missions, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mike Dunn, 45, and Vern McGee, 47, left Juneau Wednesday morning aboard Dunn's 35-foot converted wooden troller, the Transition. They were due in Ketchikan Saturday night but did not show up.

Dunn's wife contacted the Coast Guard Friday night after not hearing from the men since they left.

The Coast Guard launched a helicopter air search out of Sitka Saturday at 11 a.m., and conducted two search flights Sunday. A cutter out of Petersburg, the Anacapa, and two civil aircraft also helped search over the weekend.

"They've not been found and we don't know what type of survival gear they had on board," Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer Barry Lane said.

Searchers had not detected an electric radio beacon signal as of Sunday. Some vessels are equipped with a beacon that transmits a signal via satellite to a search and rescue center to help pinpoint a vessel's location.

"No radio beacon signals have been sent," Lane said.

The men are Juneau residents, Lane said.

On Sunday, the Coast Guard contacted a mariner who followed the Transition south out of Juneau Wednesday until he anchored for the night. He continued south later, but didn't see the men after anchoring Wednesday, Lane said.

A total of four helicopter flights had been conducted by Sunday night, and the search would continue at dawn today, Lane said.

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