Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Search Is On For Man Missing at Harding Lake
Alaska State Troopers pulled out all the stops to locate a man missing at Harding Lake early Monday morning.
FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers pulled out all the stops to locate a man missing at Harding Lake early Monday morning.
Troopers received a call at 4 a.m. from a friend of Patrick Hunsberger, 25, of Fairbanks. Hunsberger had taken a jet ski onto the lake about 1 a.m. He was not wearing a life jacket and reportedly had been drinking.
According to troopers, there were high winds in the area at the time.
Hunsberger’s friends found the jet ski on the far side of the lake, but there was no trace of the man and no key in the ignition. The key had been attached to a tether cord, which likely was attached to Hunsberger. This safety mechanism ensures that if a jet ski rider falls off, the key is pulled out and the jet ski will come to a stop.
Assisting in the search effort were six trooper dogs, a dive team from Fort Wainwright and an Alaska Wildlife Trooper flying a Super Cub. Troopers searched the shoreline and then conducted a grid search of the lake with wildlife troopers and members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.