Coast Guard suspends search for person missing after Whittier fire

    Photo credit to US Coast Guard.

    Whittier, Alaska (KINY) - A 49-year-old Cordova man went missing after an explosion at the Delong Dock in Whittier early Monday.

    “The Coast Guard committed all available resources in conducting this search effort," said Cmdr. Mark Kuperman, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage deputy commander and the search-and-rescue mission coordinator for the search. "Our thoughts are with the family and friends who were impacted by this tragedy.”

    A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, the crew of the Coast Gaurd Cutter Chandeleur and volunteers aboard Coast Guard Auxiliary  Boat 336 conducted the search across approximately 12 square miles over the course of 17 hours.

    The Coast Guard has conducted a next of kin notification and Coast Guard personnel have assumed the lead in the National Safety Transportation Board investigation into the cause of the explosion.

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