Troopers identify man who apparently drowned Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A Glennallen man who apparently drowned when he fell off a boat into icy waters near Columbia Glacier was identified by Alaska State Troopers as Michael Sisco.

Sisco, 50, was a passenger aboard the Nancy M, a 21-foot pleasure craft skippered by Andy Hess, 48, also of Glennallen. The two men and a dog left Valdez Saturday and were on a sightseeing trip in Prince William Sound when Sisco and the dog fell overboard about noon, troopers said Monday.

Hess heard the splash and ran to the rear of the vessel. Hess told authorities Sisco was not wearing a flotation device or survival suit. He tossed Sisco two life jackets, but Sisco did not use them and eventually sank beneath the surface.

Hess searched for about half an hour before Coast Guard and state Fish and Wildlife personnel arrived. Sisco was never found and the search was called off at 4 p.m. Saturday

The dog swam to an iceberg and was picked up shortly afterward, said troopers spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

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