AST suspends Eklutna Lake search for missing kayaker
After shutting down the pump for the Municipality of Anchorage water supply intake, Alaska State Troopers stated Tuesday they were not able to find any evidence of a kayaker that went missing in Eklutna Lake on May 16, leading to a suspension of the search.
The kayaker, 20-year-old Robert Brown of Texas, was reported missing near the intake. Last week, dive teams were unable to recover anything from the section of the lake as the currents were too strong and risky for divers.
According to a release from AST, they were notified the pump in the lake could be shut down for up to eight hours, which would allow time for a commercial dive team and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to search the area. Through coordination with the Eklutna Hydroelectric Power Plant, the pump was shut off Monday at 2 p.m.
The search proved unsuccessful, according to AST, as divers and the ROV weren’t able to find Brown or any indication he was in the area.
Brown is an active duty member of the Air Force stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Brown’s family and JBER have been notified of search results and the decision to suspend further efforts pending new leads.
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