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Searchers in western Alaska look for 7 people missing during a seal hunt



Alaska’s anchorage-search team spent more than a week in western Alaska, but was unsuccessful. Seven crew members were missing during the seal hunt.

Quinhagak tribal police chief John Peter said that a 22-foot-tall aluminum boat and three men left the village on October 17 and headed to the Bethel community, where they picked up four more people.

The organization last appeared on October 20th in Eek Island, the closest neighborhood to Quinhagak.

They had about 10 gallons of gasoline when they left Eek Island, but Peter said that might not be enough to get him back to Quinhagak because passengers and other objects on board made it sink.

Peter said that the ship may have capsized.

Searchers joined the efforts of Eek and the nearby Kongiganak and Goodnews Bay communities.

On Tuesday, former tribal police officer Jerry Brown organized searchers in Quinhagak.

Brown said: “Today, we are trying to get some ships down the coastline to the south and then north to see if we can find any debris and check the creek before the tide goes out.”

The Alaska police officers coordinated the search with the Coast Guard, and the Coast Guard sent C-1

30 aircraft and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters.

Military spokesperson Megan Peters (Megan Peters) said that the search has been expanded after authorities received news that people in similar conditions had previously arrived on Nunivak Island.

Peter said the coronavirus presents challenges in coordinating volunteer groups while maintaining distance.

Quinhagak has experienced the largest outbreak of Covid-19 in the Yukon-Cuscowim Delta. Brown said the health emergency has reduced the number of people searching for missing boatmen.

Brown said: “A lot of people are quarantined.” “We don’t want those guys to come here.”

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, and these symptoms disappear within two to three weeks. For some people (especially the elderly and those with health problems), it can cause more serious diseases, including pneumonia and death.

Officials said the missing crew members included Chad Chadwick Sr., Neal Gutleben, Alexie Nose Jr., and Michael Sharp (Michael Sharp). Sharp), Elizabeth Wassillie, Willie Wassillie and Bernice Waska.


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