Troopers continue search for missing kayakers

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2001

CORDOVA (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers continued their search Sunday for two 20-year-old kayakers missing near Cordova, but they held out little hope the men would be found alive.

Curtis Keitel and Lee Houser, both of Cordova, had been missing since late Thursday, when they started home from a cabin in Deep Bay near Hawkins Island.

Troopers, the Coast Guard and local volunteers searched Friday and Saturday with no luck. The Coast Guard bowed out of the search Saturday when the emphasis switched to body recovery, troopers said.

The men's kayak was found beached on the north shore of the bay. Troopers said there was evidence it had been swamped, and they said the men apparently weren't wearing life jackets.

Troopers also said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident. After a search that includes special dog teams, the troopers planned to end the organized search effort on Sunday.

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