Yakutat man missing, feared drowned

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2001

YAKUTAT (AP) -- The search continued Thursday for a Yakutat man missing and feared drowned, Alaska State Troopers said.

David Joseph Johnson, 22, and his friend, Benjamin Benson, 45, were digging for clams in Monti Bay Thursday morning when their skiff drifted away.

Benson told troopers Johnson tried to swim after the boat but was only able to make it halfway. Johnson then turned around and began to swim to shore but disappeared in the water.

Benson tried to rescue Johnson but was unsuccessful. He hiked back to Yakutat and reported the incident.

About 21 volunteers searched the water until dark Wednesday night. Family and friends were searching the water again Thursday.

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