Coast Guard Suspends Search for Two Missing Juneau Men

Juneau, AK (KINY) - The search for two men that went missing after a 10-foot skiff capsized in the Gastineau Channel has been suspended after more than 20 hours of searching.

Multiple local agencies searched 58 square miles in the Gastineau Channel alongside Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crews, Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick smallboat crews, and Coast Guard Station Juneau smallboat crews.

50 year old James Cole and 48 year old Sheridan Scott Stringer of Juneau are the two men missing. Capital City Assistant Fire Chief Chad Cameron said there were some survivors

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the two men during this challenging time,” said Capt. Phil Thorne, Sector Juneau commander. “It’s a very difficult decision to suspend a search and we always make these decisions with care and consideration.”

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