Samuel Butler 06-29-09
Boater missing in Clarence Strait
Anchorage Daily News, Published: June 29th, 2009
JUNEAU -- The Coast Guard was searching Monday for a Coffman Cove man who was missing
after his powered canoe turned up with no sign of him.
Witnesses told officials Samuel Butler, 24, left Coffman Cove about 3:30 a.m. not
wearing a life jacket, the Coast Guard said. His empty canoe was found in Clarence
Strait 32 miles west of Wrangell about 10:15 a.m.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk searched through the day, accompanied by 10 good Samaritan
vessels, but was unable to locate Butler, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard
cutter Liberty, a 110-foot patrol boat based out of Auke Bay, also joined the search
late in the afternoon.
Anyone with information on Butler's whereabouts is asked to call the Coast Guard