Remains of last 2 float plane victims found; names of all 6 victims released
The Coast Guard and Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad located the remaining two missing people near the crash site of the Beaver float plane, Tuesday night.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew located the individuals and vectored in the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to the location.
In total ten people were rescued and six people were found deceased.
The cruise ship passenger victims who went on the flight excursions were identified as 46-year-old Louis Botha of San Diego, 56-year-old Simon Brodie from Temple, New South Wales, Australia, 62-year-old Cassandra Webb from St. Louis, 39-year-old Ryan Wilk from Utah and 37-year-old Elsa Wilk of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Also killed was the pilot of one of the planes, 46-year-old Randy Sullivan of Ketchikan
The Coast Guard, partner agencies and good Samaritans conducted exhaustive search and rescue efforts following the incident involving a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane with five people onboard and de Havilland DHC-3 Otter float plane with 11 people onboard.
Coast Guard assets involved in the search included the cutter Bailey Barco, two Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, two Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Mediums and an Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules aircraft.
The Coast Guard, partner agencies and good Samaritans conducted surface and air searches, operating around the clock for more than 27 hours, concentrated in an area of 93 square nautical miles.
Numerous searches were conducted by good Samaritans, the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Ketchikan Fire Department, Alaska State Troopers and TEMSCO Aviation. The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad and SEADOGS conducted multiple shoreline searches in the vicinity of the crash.
“We have been in regular contact with the family members throughout our search efforts,” said Capt. Stephen White, Sector Juneau commander. “This is not the outcome we hoped for and extend our deepest sympathies during this very difficult time.”
The nationalities of the people from both planes are 14 Americans, one Canadian and one Australian.
The Coast Guard began search efforts after Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watch standers received notification of the crash at approximately 12:27 p.m., Monday.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash. The Alaska State Troopers will complete the death investigation.