Michael Diverty 10-23-09
Search on for Sitka fisherman
By DON HUNTER, email@example.com Published: October 24th, 2009
TIMELINE: Owner was last seen Friday at noon; boat was found empty later that night.
A multiple agency search was under way Saturday for a man whose fishing boat was
found grounded on an island about 20 miles north of Sitka.
A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter and the cutter Naushon, assisted by the crew of
another fishing vessel, the Brant, searched an area about six miles wide and 15
miles long Saturday for Michael Diverty of Sitka. Alaska State Troopers and Sitka
Mountain Rescue joined the effort.
Diverty was last seen aboard his 32-foot boat, the Miss Dee Dee, as he left Sitka
about noon on Friday, the Coast Guard said in a news release. The crew of the Brant
found the Miss Dee Dee aground in Schultz Cove in Fish Bay with the engines still
running at about 7 p.m. Friday. No one was aboard.
The Brant's crew found a lifeboat and life-saving equipment were still aboard the
Miss Dee Dee.
Troopers are examining the Miss Dee Dee to try to understand what might have happened,
and a Sitka Mountain Rescue team with a dog is combing the shoreline in case Diverty
made it ashore.
Diverty's son was expected to arrive later Saturday to take charge of the Miss Dee
Dee. No pollutants were spilled because of the grounding, the Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard calls off search for fisherman
The Associated Press, Published: October 25th, 2009
SITKA: His vessel was found aground on an island without him.
The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for a man believed to have fallen overboard
from his fishing boat in Fish Bay near Sitka.
The Coast Guard, assisted by a crew member from another boat, began the search Saturday
for Michael Diverty, 51, of Sitka, missing from the 32-foot fishing vessel Miss
According to the Coast Guard, Diverty left Sitka on Friday afternoon. The Miss Dee
Dee was spotted grounded on an island about 20 miles north of Sitka on Friday evening.
The engines were still running but no one was aboard. A lifeboat and lifesaving
equipment were still on board.
A Coast Guard helicopter and cutter searched an area about six miles wide and 15
miles long. A Sitka Mountain Rescue team with a dog also searched the shoreline
of Piper Island.
The Coast Guard on Sunday used a cutter to search the shoreline for about two hours,
said Todd Buck, operations controller for the Coast Guard in Juneau.
"They didn't have any results," he said.
The search was in the same area of Fish Bay. Buck said that was where modeling indicated
a body in the water would have drifted.
The Mountain Rescue group also finished its search. Piper Island is near a mooring
buoy that Diverty was likely trying to tie on to when he fell overboard, Buck said.
Diverty's family retrieved the boat on Sunday and took it to Sitka.