5 men left Sitka Monday on a fishing trip & have not been heard from or located. Two of these guys were in my high school class. Please pray they can be located & pray for their worried families. The weather is rainy & windy so finding them is very difficult. See story at sitkaak.usl.myareaguide.com.
I was so sorry to hear about your friends...we just returned (9/24) from a cruise to Alaska, where we heard about the missing plane. We were on a float plane excursion in Ketchikan, and I mentioned to our pilot that I had heard that there was a missing plane from Sitka, where we had been two days before. The weather had been slightly rainy there but the ocean was very rough. Our float plane pilot (in Ketchikan, on Wednesday) said that he had heard that the Coast Guard was searching for the plane. The pilot had evidently flown out of Ketchikan before he went to Sitka, so our pilot said a lot of the pilots in Ketchikan knew him. Our pilot's theory was that the weather had gotten bad so the Sitka pilot landed in the ocean, for whatever reason, and the waves knocked the plane over and sent it upside down into the depths, so that the emergency locator beacon would not broadcast. Again, I am so sorry--we can always hope that they will be found.
Today on the news the Coast Guard announced they were suspending the search after nine days and 191 hours of looking. They even used night-vision equipment. No signs of the plane or passengers anywhere. Real sad that this happened.
Thank you all for writing. Am sorry to hear they have stopped searching for them, but I understand. Twins Jim & Joe Murphy were in my high school class, & attended every class reunion. They both lived in WA state; there was a really nice story on KOMO.com about Joe, as he was in labor relations. But it is no longer on their website. Sad that it happened, & I know all of them will be missed. Always love watching those floatplanes take off & land!!