Posted: Monday, July 02, 2001

Military ships' tour plans change

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JUNEAU - The U.S. Navy supply ship the Camden, visiting Juneau over the July 4 holiday, will anchor offshore but still will offer public tours.

The 795-foot ship, with a crew of about 570, is due to arrive in Juneau on Tuesday morning and stay until Friday afternoon. But it will anchor in Auke Bay and not come to port, said Lt. Cmdr. Jim Plosay. The Navy previously said the ship would dock at the Coast Guard station downtown.

The public will be ferried to the Camden for tours from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from the Allen Marine dock near the state ferry terminal, said Plosay.

The Navy said members of the public who carry packages will not be admitted to the ship.

Meanwhile, the Canadian patrol vessels the Saskatoon and Nanaimo are scheduled to dock at the Coast Guard station downtown this afternoon and remain until Thursday morning, the Canadian navy said today. The Saskatoon will offer public tours from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The ships' home base in Esquimault, B.C., previously said the ships would remain in Glacier Bay over the holiday.

Missing kayak turns up empty

CORDOVA - A kayak used by two Cordova men was found beached over the weekend with no sign of its passengers.

Curtis Keitel and Lee Houser, both 20, have been missing since late Thursday, when they started home from a cabin in Deep Bay near Hawkins Island.

A search found their kayak beached on the north shore of the bay and Alaska State Troopers said there was evidence it had been swamped. They also said the men apparently weren't wearing life jackets.

Troopers, the Coast Guard and local volunteers searched Friday and Saturday with no luck. The Coast Guard bowed out of the search when the emphasis switched to body recovery, troopers said.

Troopers said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident.

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