Angoon father, son apparently drowned

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

A father and son who failed to return to Angoon from halibut fishing Tuesday were found dead Wednesday afternoon south of the community.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter had searched for LeRoy Martin, 47, and Frederick Martin, 20, beginning late Tuesday and through most of the night, said Jess Daniels, coordinator of the Angoon Search and Rescue team. Finding the two apparently drowned was a blow to the Admiralty Island community of about 500, located 55 miles southwest of Juneau.

"When one family hurts, everybody hurts," Daniels said.

The Martins were on their way from Kelp Bay to Angoon in a 19-foot boat and due back between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

Frederick Martin was found on the beach at 12:55 p.m. by searchers from Angoon, Daniels said. Searchers were directed to the location on a tip from the LeConte, the state ferry that serves the community.

LeRoy Martin was located by Coast Guard searchers at 3:04 p.m., in the water about a mile to the north.

The Martin family also included his wife, Carol, and their older son, Jeremy. Extended family members also live in Kake and Sitka.

Daniels said the community appreciated help from the Coast Guard, the Civil Air Patrol and people from Kake, who chartered a plane for the effort.

Aside from some wreckage, nothing was found of the boat, Daniels said. Seas had swelled to 3 or 4 feet. "It was a rough day yesterday," he said Wednesday.

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