UPDATE: Body of Arnold Skeek located by independent search crew

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - An independent search crew found the body of Arnold Skeek in Auke Bay Monday morning.


    UPDATE MONDAY AUGUST 29TH:

    The body of Arnold Skeek was located Monday by an independent search party just outside Auke Bay Harbor.

    Within one hour of being within the area of his disappearance, Gene Ralston and associates of Idaho recovered his body using underwater sonar gear and a recovery robot.

    Skeek was thought to may have gone overboard the Beaufort Sea on Sunday August 14th, the last day of the Golden North Salmon Derby.

    His sister, Amy Meats, says he was not fishing in the derby:

    The deck hand on the Beaufort Seas, 27-year-old Arnold Skeek of Kake, went missing between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on that Sunday, leaving personal items such as his cellphone on the fishing vessel. It was also thought he may have gotten onto another boat, even though they were anchored away from the docks. His sister also noted that Skeek could not swim. His family continued their search efforts after the Coast Guard searched for several days.

    Juneau Radio Center's Mike Clasby provided News of the North details on the recovery effort:

    "Gene Ralston and associates of Idaho arrived in Juneau with underwater sonar gear and a recovery robot. Within one hour of being within the area of his disappearance, they recovered his body. I spoke with his aunt, and she said family members have been informed. Arrangements are pending family decisions in conjunction with local law enforcement."

    The original story and updates can be read below.


    UPDATE TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH:

    The sister of the man from Kake that went missing while aboard a boat docked in Auke Bay during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Sunday, says crews have discontinued the search for 27 year old  Arnold Skeek.

    Juneau Police ask that you contact them with any information at 586-0600.
     


    UPDATE MONDAY AUGUST 13TH:

    The Coast Guard is still searching today for the missing Kake man, identified as Arnold Skeek.

    Mike Clasby spoke with Trevor Rostad, the captain of the boat that Skeek was aboard in Auke Bay Sunday during the Golden North Salmon Derby.

    U.S. Coast Guard Lead Command Center Controller Scott Giard says crews are continuing to search Monday:

    Photo was provided by a family member who says the boat Arnold was on, The Beaufort Sea, was anchored right outside Auke Bay Harbor in the channel and not tied to the actual dock. She says he was last seen in the galley sleeping at 6am Sunday morning, plus all of his belongings, including his phone, were still on the boat.

     


    ORIGINAL STORY SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH:

    Crews are searching for a man that possibly went overboard in Auke Bay during the Golden North Salmon Derby.

    According to U.S. Coast Guard Lead Command Center Controller Scott Giard, a 27-year-old man may have gone overboard on Sunday. In addition to the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and a group of Good Samaritans are assisting in search efforts.

    The Coast Guard is asking boaters in the area to keep an eye out for the man.

    More to come as information is made available.

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