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Park Staff Join In Major SAR For Missing Local Resident

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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On May 3rd, park personnel were asked to assist the Gustavus Fire Department in responding to a vehicle submerged in the water adjacent to the local municipal pier. Divers found no one in the vehicle, but information obtained from the community revealed that a local minor associated with the car was missing. Park staff were asked to manage the emergency response, which included a large number of community volunteers who aided the search via vessels and aircraft. State troopers later arrived and assumed responsibility for managing the incident, which was supported by the Coast Guard, the Civil Air Patrol, Gustavus FD and the NPS. The incident evolved into a large land- and water-based search that covered more than 14 miles of coastline and a large area of ocean known as Icy Straight. More than 70 local volunteers joined park personnel in the search. The body of the missing minor was recovered by divers on the afternoon of May 4th. The tragedy is being felt throughout the small, tight-knit community and the park, where the victim had recently begun service as a volunteer.



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