1 Kodiak man dead, 1 rescued after boat capsizes
One of two Kodiak men aboard a fishing boat died after it capsized Thursday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers.
An online dispatch said word of the Chiniak Bay incident that claimed 60-year-old Welby Jensen’s life came from the U.S. Coast Guard at about 3:15 p.m. Thursday. A search-and-rescue effort was already in progress, following the capsize of Jensen’s 22-foot Hewescraft boat.
“Brandon Jensen, 32 of Kodiak, was rescued after he had held on to the overturned vessel for approximately two hours before he was able to flag down a passing vessel for help,” troopers wrote.
At about 4:45 p.m., the Coast Guard told troopers that Welby Jensen’s body had been recovered.
Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean said an initial call came in shortly after 2:30 p.m. A good Samaritan vessel in the area responded to rescue Brandon Jensen, and a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flew to the scene to search for Welby Jensen.
“They also deployed a rescue swimmer to search the overturned vessel, where the man was found unresponsive and he was transferred to the Alaska State Troopers,” Dean said.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the two men were related.
Next of kin have been notified, troopers said. Welby Jensen’s body will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy.
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