Sefton Reid 06-27-09
Salmon fisherman drowns near Ketchikan
Anchorage Daily News, Published: June 27th, 2009
A king salmon fisherman drowned Saturday morning off Ketchikan after trying to retrieve
a lure and then apparently becoming exhausted while struggling in the rough surf
of Herring Cove, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and witnesses.
A Ketchikan Fire Department diver later recovered the body. Thomas Carella of the
Coast Guard said the man's identity is not being released until next of kin are
Jim Lavrakas, who was fishing near the man, said the fisherman waded into the water
to retrieve his lure that had become snagged on a buoy about 200 feet offshore.
The man reached the buoy but then began struggling to get back to shore.
Lavrakas said he tried to wade out to help the man but was himself quickly into
deep water. He said the man kept appearing and disappearing from views among the
waves and troughs of the surf.
Lavrakas said he saw the man trying to swim, but instead of heading toward shore
was moving parallel to shore. Then he vanished.
Coast Guardsman who drowned near Ketchikan identified
Anchorage Daily News, Published: June 28th, 2009
The Ketchikan fisherman who drowned Saturday trying to retrieve a lure was a Coast
Guardsman with 11 years service, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard identified the man as Petty Officer First Class Sefton Reid, 31.
The Ketchikan Fire Department recovered his body in Herring Cove, about eight miles
south of Ketchikan, around 12:15 p.m. Saturday.
"While our minds are on the mission, our hearts are with his family," Rear Adm.
Gene Brooks, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, said in a written statement.
"This is a sad day for the Coast Guard. He was a good shipmate and will be missed."
Reid was fishing from shore in Herring Cove when his lure snagged on a buoy maybe
200 feet offshore. He waded in to retrieve it and reached the buoy, but then began
to struggle in the rough surf, according to a witness, Jim Lavrakas, who was fishing
Lavrakas said he tried to wade in to help but was quickly into deep water. The man
tried to swim, but vanished in the waves.
Crews from the Ketchikan Fire Department, the Coast Guard station in Ketchikan and
a commercial diving boat launched immediately after receiving the report. The divers
Reid was assigned to Station Ketchikan for the past year. He leaves behind four
Coast Guardsmen hold memorial for shipmate who died fishing
The Associated Press, Published: July 2nd, 2009
KETCHIKAN -- Shipmates of Petty Officer 1st Class Sefton Reid tossed flowers in
the water following Thursday's memorial service for the Coast Guardsman who died
while fishing south of Ketchikan last week.
A Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted a fly-by after the service attended by members
of the Coast Guard and the community.
The 31-year-old left behind four children. His father, Mark Reid, broke into tears
during the singing of "Amazing Grace."
Reid's family will hold an additional memorial later this month in Jamaica.